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David Bohm was an American scientist known for his contributions in theoretical physics, quantum theory, neuropsychology, and the philosophy of the mind. Bohm is also regarded as one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the 20th century.
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EARLY LIFE AND EDUCATION
- David Bohm was born as David Joseph Bohm on December 20, 1917, in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
- Bohm’s father was a Hungarian-Jewish immigrant named Samuel Bohm. He was a furniture store owner, and he worked as an assistant to a local Jewish scholar.
- Bohm’s mother was a Lithuanian-Jewish immigrant.
- Bohm attended Pennsylvania State College, which is now known as Pennsylvania State University.
- Bohm graduated from Pennsylvania State College in 1939.
- After graduation, Bohm attended the California Institute of Technology for a year.
- After a year of attending the California Institute of Technology, Bohm was transferred to the theoretical physics group at the University of California, Berkeley Radiation Laboratory, under the direction of Robert Oppenheimer.
- Bohm then received his doctorate in 1943.
- During World War II, Berkeley’s physics research focused on the development of the first atomic bomb due to the directives of the Manhattan Project.
- Bohm remained at Berkeley, where he continued teaching physics and continued his research in plasma, the synchrotron, and the synchrocyclotron.
- In 1947, after the war, Bohm became an assistant professor at Princeton University.
- In 1950, Bohm was arrested for refusing to answer the questions of the House Un-American Activities Committee regarding his ties to suspected communists.
- Due to his arrest, Princeton suspended him and decided not to renew his contract.
- Bohm later left for Brazil, where he took on a professorship of physics role at the University of São Paulo.
- As a postgraduate at Berkeley, Bohm developed a theory of plasmas, where he discovered the electron phenomenon known as Bohm diffusion.
- In 1951, Bohm published his first book, entitled Quantum Theory, which contained a clear explanation of Niels Bohr’s Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics.
- In 1957, Bohm worked at the University of Bristol in England.
- In 1957, Bohm published a work entitled Causality and Chance in Modern Physics.
- Bohm also published another work in 1959. It was titled Aharonov-Bohm Effect.
- In 1961, Bohm took on the role of professor in theoretical physics at the Birkbeck College, University of London.
- Bohm stayed at the Birkbeck college until he became a professor emeritus in 1987.
- In 1957, Bohm and a research fellow named Yakir Aharonov discovered the Aharonov-Bohm Effect.
- The Aharonov-Bohm Effect is a quantum mechanical phenomenon wherein an electrically charged particle gets affected by an electromagnetic potential even though the particle is being confined to a region wherein both the magnetic field and the electric field are zero.
- The underlying mechanism in this phenomenon is the coupling of the electromagnetic potential with the complex phase of the wave function of a charged particle.
HOLONOMIC MODEL OF THE BRAIN
- Bohm was involved in the early development of the holonomic model of the brain, together with Karl Pribram, a neuroscientist from Stanford University.
- The holonomic model of the brain is a model that shows that the brain operates in a manner similar to that of a hologram, in accordance to the quantum mathematical principles and the characteristics of wave patterns.
- Other than Bohm’s interests in science and the quantum realm, he was also interested in the nature of consciousness, in particular, the role of thought with attention, motivation, and conflict in the individual and in society.
- Bohm was also heavily interested in Marxist ideology and Hegelian philosophy.
- Bohm has produced several works. The first one was his work entitled Quantum Theory, which was published in 1951.
- Bohm later published Causality and Chance in Modern Physics in 1957.
- In 1980, Bohm published Wholeness and the Implicate Order, which is a book that talks about the concepts of undivided wholeness and of implicate and explicate orders in quantum theory.
- In 1987, Bohm and writer Francis David Peat published a book entitled Science, Order, and Creativity, which gives emphasis to the role of creativity and communication for science and also for something beyond science, humanity.
- Bohm married Sarah Woolfson in 1956.
- Near the end of his life, Bohm experienced a severe depression, which he had experienced earlier in his life, as well.
- Bohm was admitted to the Maudsley Hospital in South London, where he received electroconvulsive therapy under the supervision of his psychiatrist friend, David Shainberg.
- Bohm died on October 27, 1992, at the age of 74 in Hendon, London, after suffering a heart attack.
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