Hugh Everett III, born on 11 November 1930 in Washington DC, was an American physicist who worked in the field of quantum mechanics and its interpretation.
When he was only 12 years old, Everett wrote a letter to Albert Einstein asking whether it was ‘something random or unifying that held the universe together’. He went on to study science at university, graduating with a degree in chemical engineering. During his undergraduate studies, in 1949, he took a year out to visit his father, a lieutenant colonel in the US armed forces, taking hundreds of pictures of the rebuilding of West Germany after the Second World War.
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