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Walter Kohn
(9 Mar 1923 - 19 Apr 2016)

Austrian-American physicist who shared the 1998 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for development of his density-functional theory, which revolutionized materials science. He made major contributions to the physics of semiconductors, superconductivity, surface physics and catalysis.


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I am very much a scientist, and so I naturally have thought about religion also through the eyes of a scientist. When I do that, I see religion not denominationally, but in a more, let us say, deistic sense. I have been influenced in my thinking by the writing of Einstein who has made remarks to the effect that when he contemplated the world he sensed an underlying Force much greater than any human force. I feel very much the same. There is a sense of awe, a sense of reverence, and a sense of great mystery.
— Walter Kohn
From interview with John F. Luca, 'Dr. Walter Kohn: Science, Religion, and the Human Experience', The Santa Barbara Independent (26 Jul 2001).
Science quotes on:  |  Albert Einstein (611)  |  Mystery (180)  |  Reverence (29)  |  Science And Religion (321)

Physics isn’t what I do, it’s what I am.
— Walter Kohn
As given by Henry Yang, Chancellor, University of California, Santa Barbara, quoted in Catherine Offord, 'Nobel Laureate Dies', The Scientist (25 Apr 2016).
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