Felix Bloch Biography
Birthday: October 23, 1905 (Libra)
Born In: Zürich
Felix Bloch was a Swiss born American physicist who made significant contributions to the advancement of the subject in the twentieth century. He and E.M. Purcell shared the 1952 Nobel Prize in Physics for their path-breaking work on developing the nuclear magnetic resonance method of measuring the magnetic field of atomic nuclei. After passing secondary school, he studied under the guidance of several imminent scientist of his time. He became an accomplished physicist who witnessed the emergence of modern quantum theory and explored its application on the conductivity of metals and ferromagnetism. All through his academic and research career, he contributed immensely to solid-state physics; several theorems and laws have been named after him. He is remembered for the development of nuclear magnetic resonance techniques, which allowed highly precise measurements of magnetism of atomic nuclei. It went on to become an influential tool in both physics and chemistry, to analyze large molecules. Apart from Physics, he was interested in music, nature, literature, mountain climbing, and skiing. He had a great wit and was full of ironic humour. Gifted with an analytical bent of mind, he liked to get to the bottom of any problem and find a solution.