14. John von Neumann and Robert Oppenheimer

 

Many early developments in the field of computer science were made by people associated with Princeton, in particular the mathematician, University professor, and Institute for Advanced Study scholar John von Neumann, pictured here (on the right) in front of an early computer with Robert Oppenheimer, the Institute’s director.  Von Neumann’s work in mathematics and theoretical physics allowed him to explore applications of nuclear energy and gave him a major role among the Los Alamos scientists who developed the atomic bomb under Oppenheimer’s direction.  Von Neumann also developed the computer that enabled the U.S. to develop and test the first hydrogen bomb.  Princeton awarded both of these men honorary degrees—von Neumann in 1947, and Oppenheimer in 1966. 

  • To learn more about the Institute for Advanced Study, see quotation #12 and Café Vivian picture #90.

  • To learn more about recipients of Princeton honorary degrees, see quotation #2, 3, 8, 12, 25, and 35, and Café Vivian picture #21, 65, and 86.

  •  To learn more about notable Princeton professors, see icon #7, quotation #6, 13, 15, 20, 21, 26, 27, 31, 32, 34, 39, and 40, and Café Vivian picture #10, 17, 22, 25, 29, 43, 51, 57, 59, 60, 68, 75, 87, 94, 101, and 108.

  • To learn more about the history of science at Princeton, see icon #2, 5, 6, and 7, quotation #9, 27, 34, and 39, and Café Vivian picture #15, 22, 25, 32, 35, 41, 43, 51, 64, 75, 78, 83, 87, 90, 114, and 131.

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