V Names: Famous People in Technology

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von Neumann, John

1903(b.) – 1957(d.) In 1930, von Neumann joined the faculty of Princeton University and was appointed one of the first professors of the Institute for Advanced Study, in Princeton, New Jersey with Albert Einstein. Von Neumann was involved in such diverse fields as ordnance, submarine warfare, bombing objectives, nuclear weapons (including the hydrogen bomb), military strategy, weather prediction, intercontinental ballistic missiles, high-speed digital computers, and computing methods. He is noted for his fundamental contributions to the theory of quantum mechanics, particularly the concept of “rings of operators” (now known as Neumann algebras) and also for his pioneering work in applied mathematics, mainly in statistics and numerical analysis.

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This article was originally published on June 24, 2010

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