The Max Planck Medal, awarded every year by the German Physical Society to a theoretical physicist, was recently presented to Rudolf E. Peierls of Oxford University. Dr. Peierls was born and educated in Germany and studied under Sommerfeld. Heisenberg, and Pauli. He went to England in 1933 and became professor of mathematical physics at the University of Birmingham in 1937. During World War II he served as a member of the British mission to the US atomic energy project at Los Alamos. He was recently appointed Wykeham Professor of Theoretical Physics at Oxford. Dr. Peierls' main work has been in quantum theory, including solid‐state physics, nuclei, and field theory.

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