Igor Tamm

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Igor Tamm in 1958

Igor Yevgenyevich Tamm (July 8, 1895April 12, 1971) was a Soviet physicist who received the 1958 Nobel Prize in Physics, jointly with Pavel Alekseyevich Cherenkov and Ilya Mikhailovich Frank, for their 1934 discovery of Cherenkov radiation.


  • Creativity makes life valuable. Man is the sole creator; he stands out from the swarming masses of petty little folks. It doesn't matter what kind of creativity it is - whether scientific or socio-political - it's of equal value.
    • as quoted by Gennadiĭ Efimovich Gorelik, Antonina W. Bouis (2005). The world of Andrei Sakharov: a Russian physicist's path to freedom. Oxford University Press. p. 41. ISBN 019515620X. 

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