Bethe, Hans Albrecht
BornStrasbourg, France, 2 July 1906
DiedIthaca, New York, USA, 6 March 2005
German-American theoretical physicist and astrophysicist Hans A. Bethe received the 1967 Nobel Prize in Physics for his 1939 work that clarified the sequences of nuclear reactions that provided the energy sources for the Sun and other stars engaged in hydrogen fusion (the vast majority of stars). His later significant contributions to astrophysics included providing arguments for a solution to the solar-neutrino problem drawn from weak interaction physics (rather than the details of solar models) and for work on the explosion mechanism of core-collapse supernovae.
Bethe’s father was a physiologist and his mother a musician and writer of children’s plays. The family moved to Kiel, Germany, in 1912 and to Frankfurt in 1915. He graduated from the Goethe Gymnasium in 1924 and spent 1924–1926 at the University of Frankfurt, before moving on to the University of Munich where he received a Ph.D. in 1928 for work with...
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