Breit, Gregory

Breit, Gregory

(1899–1981) physicist; born in Nikolaev, the Ukraine. He came to the U.S.A. in 1915, and joined the Carnegie Institution (1924–29), then taught at several American universities before moving to the State University of New York: Buffalo (1968–76). A major contributor to the fields of nuclear physics and quantum electrodynamics, he theorized that the hydrogen bomb would not engender an uncontrolled chain reaction resulting in global destruction.
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