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Are there rejected physics PhD theses?

  1. Jan 15, 2014 #1
    Historically, I can only think of Pierre Duhem, whose first thesis in physics was rejected, but his second thesis in mathematics was accepted.

    1. Are there other famous physicists who wrote a PhD thesis that was subsequently rejected?
    2. Are physics PhD theses rejected today? If so, what % of them are?
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  3. Jan 16, 2014 #2

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    Today if a thesis is not going to pass, its not submitted and the student is told to keep working on it. Sometimes the student gives up, but it is rare-to-nonexistent that a thesis is rejected.
  4. Jan 16, 2014 #3
    Usually theses are rejected at the proposal stage. So it often happens that a proposed topic is rejected, but almost never after someone has bothered to write a complete thesis on the subject.
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