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George Uhlenbeck, Hendrik Kramers, and Samuel Goudsmit around 1928 in Ann Arbor.

George Eugene Uhlenbeck (December 6, 1900, Batavia, Dutch East Indies – October 31, 1988, Boulder, Colorado) was a Dutch-American theoretical physicist. He introduced the concept of electron spin, which posits that electrons rotate on an axis, with Samuel Abraham Goudsmit, for which they were awarded the Max Planck medal in 1964. Uhlenbeck was also awarded the Lorentz Medal in 1970 and Wolf Prize in Physics in 1979.

He was a student of Austrian physicist and mathematician Paul Ehrenfest.


* K. van Berkel, Uhlenbeck, George Eugène (1900-1988), in Biografisch Woordenboek van Nederland.

* O'Connor, John J. & Robertson, Edmund F., "George Eugene Uhlenbeck", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive

* S.A. Goudsmit. The discovery of the electron spin

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