Awards: Nobelmen & Nobelwoman

Princeton's courtly Physicist Eugene P. Wigner, though his name is not a household word, ranks high among the pioneers who led a nervous world into the age of the atom. In 1939, he was one of the five farsighted scientists* who wrote a letter for Albert Einstein to send to President Franklin D. Roosevelt suggesting that "it may become possible to set up a nuclear chain reaction in a large mass of uranium, by which vast amounts of power would be generated." He was present at the University of Chicago's secrecy-shrouded squash court under the Stagg Field stands when...

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