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Richard Feynman was an American physicist who lived between 1918-1988. He contributed to many areas of physics, including atomic theory and quantum electrodynamics, which studies electron behavior.
Following his college education, Feynman was asked to participate in the Manhattan Project, the building of the first atomic bomb. He later developed safer methods for the storage of radioactive waste and saved the lives of workers at many nuclear power plants.
In 1986, Feynman was appointed to the committee investigating the explosion of the space shuttle Challenger. He identified the problem as resulting from faulty equipment rather than astronaut error.
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