Hellenica World


1961 — Robert Dicke argues that carbon-based life can only arise when the gravitational force is small, because this is when burning stars exist; first use of the weak anthropic principle

14 September 1961 discovery of 2642 Vesale


15 August 1961, Death of Anne Sewell Young, in Claremont, California, USA

20 August 1961 Death of Percy Williams Bridgman

8 December 1961 Death of Francesco Severi

19 December 1961 Birth of Eric Allin Cornell

1961 Death of Hermann Staudinger

Nobel Prize

Physics to Robert Hofstadter "for his pioneering studies of electron scattering in atomic nuclei and for his thereby achieved discoveries concerning the structure of the nucleons" and Rudolf Ludwig Mössbauer "for his researches concerning the resonance absorption of gamma radiation and his discovery in this connection of the effect which bears his name"

Chemistry to Melvin Calvin "for his research on the carbon dioxide assimilation in plants"

Physiology or Medicine to Georg von Békésy "for his discoveries of the physical mechanism of stimulation within the cochlea"

Popular Science Jan 1961

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