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Famous physics families

  1. Jan 7, 2012 #1
    I heard that a son [Erwin] of Max Planck was executed for trying to assassinate Hitler.

    What notables have you learned about the "relativity" of physicists?
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  4. Jan 7, 2012 #3
    John Baez is cousin to Joan Baez and Mimi Fariña.
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  6. Jan 7, 2012 #5
    Newton's niece was a real looker and very charming. When she moved into his home Newton became a much more popular physicist than he'd ever been before she joined him.
  7. Jan 7, 2012 #6
    Olivia Newton-John is Max Born's granddaughter.
  8. Jan 7, 2012 #7
    Einstein had a cousin, Elsa Löwenthal, who married a famous physicist.
  9. Jan 7, 2012 #8
    Feynman's adopted daughter, Michelle, ended up being closely related to a Nobel Prize winner.
  10. Jul 27, 2012 #9

    Ivan Seeking

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    I just heard about this and was going to make a post. How about that? I looooooved Olivia. It seems fitting. :approve:

    I guess you could say a star is Born! And now I understand why they named her Newton.
  11. Jul 27, 2012 #10
    If Olivia Newton-John married John Travolta she'd be Olivia Newton-John Travolta.
  12. Jul 27, 2012 #11

    George Jones

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    The physics family that exhibited wave-particle duality: J.J Thompson won a Nobel prize for showing that the electron is a particle; G. P. Thompson, J.J.'s son, won a Nobel prize for showing the electron is a wave.
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    Niels Bohr's son Aage became a nuclear physicist and won a Nobel Prize.
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    The Curie family: Marie and Pierre (both physics Nobel Laureates), their daughter Irene and husband Frederic Joiliot, - Nobel prize in chemistry. Irene's & Frederic's daughter Helene is currently a nuclear physicist at University of Paris. Helene's brother Pierre is a biophysicist. Helene's son Yves is an astrophysicist.
  15. Jul 28, 2012 #14
    Bragg father and son - they both shared a Nobel I think.
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