Richard Feynman
Historical Figure
Nationality: United States
Date of Birth: 1918
Date of Death: 1988
Cause of Death: Cancer
Religion: Judaism
Occupation: Physicist
Spouse: Arline Greenbaum (died 1945),
Mary Louise Bell (divorce),
Gweneth Howarth
Children: Carl, Michelle (both by Howarth)
Fictional Appearances:
Joe Steele
POD: 1878;
Relevant POD: July, 1932
Novel or Story?: Both
Type of Appearance: Contemporary reference

Richard Phillips Feynman (May 11, 1918 - February 15, 1988) was an American physicist known for expanding the theory of quantum electrodynamics, the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, and particle theory. He was also famous as an unscrupulous prankster.

Feynman was involved in the development of the atomic bomb.

Richard Feynman in Joe Steele[]

In the late 1930s, Richard Feynman engaged in subversive behavior (as defined by President Joe Steele) and was encamped as a wrecker by the GBI. When Steele assigned Captain Hyman Rickover to oversee the development of the atomic bomb, Rickover secured permission to use Feynman and other encamped physicists within a special encampment to work on the bomb.[1] The project proved successful, so Feynman and the others earned their freedom.[2]

Literary Comment[]

In the short story, Richard Feynman is one of several scientists arrested by President Joe Steele for being part of the "Professors' Plot" in 1946. When Edward Teller offers to build an atomic bomb in three years, Steele allows Feynman to help Teller.


  1. Joe Steele, pgs. 319-320, HC.
  2. Ibid, pg. 393.