Isidor Isaac Rabi

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Isidor Isaac Rabi (July 29, 1898January 11, 1988) was a Galician-born physicist, and Nobel laureate.


  • My mother made me a scientist without ever intending to. Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child after school: So? Did you learn anything today? But not my mother. “Izzy,” she would say, “did you ask a good question today?” That difference—asking good questions—made me become a scientist.
    • Quoted in “Great Minds Start With Questions,” Parents Magazine (September 1993)

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