George Gamow

George Gamow (HMVUM)

Location: Washington, DC 20052
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N 38° 53.962', W 77° 2.79'

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Professor Of Physics at The George Washington University

— from 1934 to 1956 —

Gamow (1904-1968) is renowned for developing the "Big Bang Theory" of the universe (1948); explaining nuclear alpha decay by quantum tunneling (1928); describing, with Edward Teller, spin-induced nuclear beta decay (1936); pioneering the liquid-drop model in nuclear physics (1928); introducing the "Gamow" factor in stellar reaction rates and element formation (1938); modeling red giants, supernovae, and neutron stars (1939); first suggesting how the genetic code might be transcribed (1954); and popularizing science through a long series of books, including the adventures of "Mr. Tompkins" (1939-1967)

This plaque is placed in honor of their colleague George Gamow
by the
Physics Department
The George Washington University

April 2000
Historical Period20th Century
Historical PlaceSchool
Marker TypeMemorial
Marker ClassNeither
Marker StyleMounted
Year Placed2000
Placed ByPhysics Department, The George Washington University
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, September 17th, 2014 at 8:50am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 322531 N 4307600
Decimal Degrees38.89936667, -77.04650000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 53.962', W 77° 2.79'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 53' 57.7200" N, 77° 2' 47.4000" W
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Area Code(s)202
Can be seen from road?Yes
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Closest Postal AddressAt or near 755-799 21st St NW, Washington DC 20052, US
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