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Richard P. Feynman (1918-1988)
Nobel laureate in Physics; the Bono of Bongo Drums, and the one guy honest enough to tell NASA to "live in reality" after discovering the reason for the live-tv teacher-killing explosion of the Challenger space shuttle mission.
A wonderful example of his "humble storyteller act", a 40 minute documentary called "The Pleasure Of Finding Things Out" can be viewed free of charge at this link: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6586235597476141009&hl=en
BEWARE: Obviuosly a manipulative attempt to score chicks, something he is also renowned for. 3 marriages? Hmmmhm.
Graduate of MIT and Princeton, he bravely served America and God Almighty to develop the atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico. He, along with a few good men, raced to build it so as to destroy the anti-American barbaric foreigners -- even though his beloved first wife was dying of tuberculosis in a hospital bed.
Feynman was the only person brave enough to watch the detonation with his bare eyes from inside a pickup cab. He knew he would remain whole as he had finished God's mission.
He DID NOT develop X-ray eyes, as one might expect. He was, in fact plagued for life by seeing floaters shaped like bears for life when his eyes closed.
Los Alamos wartime badge photo of a young, safe-cracking Richard Feynman.
Richard Feynman was born on May 11, 1918 in Brooklyn. This made him a Taurus. This may have contributed to why he was so vehement about a crazy notion that learning involved more than just memorizing the book, but actually UNDERSTANDING WHY things worked in real life.
Silly Richard, no child is left behind.
Mr Feynman also held the Albert Einstein Award (1954, Princeton); Einstein Award (Albert Einstein Award College of Medicine); Lawrence Award (1962). He pretended to scoff at awards, including the Almighty Nobel; but this was an obvious and sophomoric attempt at reverse psychology so he would be offered EVEN MORE awards.