Iconic Physicist Earns Johns Hopkins PhD by 22

A visionary 20th century physicist, John Archibald Wheeler helped invent the theory of nuclear fission, gave black holes their name, and argued about the nature of reality with the likes of Albert Einstein. Wheeler, who was the son of librarians, first became interested in science as a boy reading scientific articles. After earning his doctorate in physics in the 1930s, he journeyed to Copenhagen to study with the legendary physicist Niels Bohr…

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