Tuesday, August 23, 2011

George Gamow's Grave

On a visit to Boulder, CO in June 2011 I visited George Gamow's grave in Green Mountain Cemetery.

Born in Odessa in 1904, then part of the Russian empire, Gamow escaped to the west and became professor at George Washington University. There, along with his student Ralph Alpher, he developed the concept of Big Bang nucleosynthesis. He later moved to Boulder where he was Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado. He wrote numerous popular books, and died in 1968.

Gamow's grave is somewhat hard to find as it is in a more isolated part of the cemetery. Nevertheless, I found it and snapped a few photos:

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