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Infeld, Leopold


INFELD, LEOPOLD (1898–1968), Polish physicist. Infeld was born in Cracow and taught at Lvov. He worked for two years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, U.S.A. and later became professor of applied mathematics at Toronto University. Infeld, having met *Einstein while at Princeton, continued to collaborate with him for over ten years on the theory of relativity, equations of motion unitary field theory, and quantum mechanics. They jointly wrote The Evolution of Physics (1938) and a number of scientific papers. Infeld revisited his native country in 1950 and decided to remain there. In 1964 he was one of a group of leading Polish intellectuals who protested against the government censorship. Infeld was the author of The World in Modern Science; Matter and Quanta (1934), Albert Einstein: His Work and its Influence on Our World (1950), and an autobiography Quest, the Evolution of a Scientist (1941).


Nature, 217 (1968), 611; The Times (Jan. 17, 1968).

[J. Edwin Holmstrom]

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