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Freeman John Dyson FRS (December 15, 1923 – February 28, 2020) was an English-born-American[1][2] theoretical physicist and mathematician. He was known for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, astronomy and nuclear engineering. He gained a bachelor degree at the University of Cambridge. In 1957, he became an American citizen.

Dyson was born in Crowthorne, Berkshire, England, the son of George Dyson. Dyson died on February 28, 2020 at a hospital in Princeton, New Jersey from a fall, aged 96.[3][4][5]

He won many scientific awards, including the Wolf Prize in Physics in 1981.


  1. "Scientist wins $1m religion prize". BBC News. 9 May 2000. Retrieved 2010-05-02. 
  2. Freeman Dyson: Disturbing the universe, pg 131, "I had finally become an American ... The decision to abjure my allegiance to Queen Elizabeth might have been a difficult one, but the Queen's ministers made it easy for me."
  3. Johnson, George (28 February 2020). "Freeman Dyson, Visionary Technologist, Is Dead at 96". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 February 2020. 
  4. "Physicist And Iconoclastic Thinker Freeman Dyson Dies At 96". 28 February 2020. 
  5. Stone, Andrea (28 February 2020). "Freeman Dyson, legendary theoretical physicist, dies at 96" (in en). Retrieved 29 February 2020. 

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