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Fat Scientists

  1. May 27, 2008 #1

    samalkhaiat

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    Can you name a well known physicist or mathematician who was (or is) over weight during his/her productive years,i.e., between the age of 23 and 45?
    Today a colleague of mine said: there weren't any!
    I couldn't think of any!
    Do you know any?

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    sam
     
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  3. May 27, 2008 #2
    There's a condensed matter physics professor in my department who is extremely active in research. He has the largest potbelly I've ever seen.
     
  4. May 27, 2008 #3

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    john von neumann
     
  6. May 27, 2008 #5

    lisab

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    Maybe his belly is very condensed matter.
     
  7. May 27, 2008 #6

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  9. May 27, 2008 #8

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    That is kind of weird. I used google images for physicist, and yeah, not much in the way of chubby hits. I have Safe Search enabled, though -- dunno if that would make a difference... :rolleyes:

    Did finally find one guy with a bit of extra body fat, many pages down the search. James Joule:

    http://www.greenjoules.com/UserFiles/Joule_James_sitting.jpg
     
  10. May 27, 2008 #9
    It makes total sense in my mind. Physics isn't exactly a high-paying job. Only after they were well established did they make enough money to eat every day.
     
  11. May 27, 2008 #10

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    I have seen a photo from, I think, the 1930s of a swimsuit attired Pauli, and he was not slim. I'll look it up tomorrow in the library.

    What about Veltman? When did he put on his weight?
     
  12. May 27, 2008 #11

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    Solvay, 1911:
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    Solvay, 1921:
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    Solvay, 1927:
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    Shelter Island, 1947:
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    Solvay, 1958:
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    APS, "Woodstock of Physics", 1987:
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  13. May 27, 2008 #12

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  14. May 27, 2008 #13

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    In James Watson's 'The Double Helix' you will find a mention of Josia Lederberg, a pioneer molecular biologist who was on track for expanding to fill the Universe.
     
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  16. May 27, 2008 #15
    Ben Franklin seems a little heavy. Can we say he was a physicist?
     
  17. May 27, 2008 #16
    Von Nuemann was fat all his life.

    John Conway is a great mathematicians, he's a huge guy.
     
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