Hans Albrecht Bethe
Bethe was inextricably associated with
physics at Cornell University. His 1936 articles on the theory of
nuclear forces became known as "Bethe's Bible." They served as a
primary text for decades. At Los Alamos in the crucial years of
the 1940s, his solid, plow-through-the-problem style earned him the
nickname of the "Battleship." By contrast, his office-mate
Richard Feynman was known as the "Mosquito Boat." Feynman supposedly
flitted about a problem, attacking it from all sides.
the Nobel Prize in 1967. For those lucky enough
to meet him in later years, he will be remembered as a warm and caring
gentleman who made countless contributions to his much loved science.
"Whether or not their governments respond to their advice, scientists have an obligation to speak out publicly when they feel there are dangers ahead. "
Hans Bethe, 1967