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Isidor Rabi (1898-1988)
Isidor Rabi was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics in 1944 for developing a method of measuring the magnetic properties of atoms, molecules and atomic nuclei. This research made possible the subsequent development of the laser and the atomic clock. During the war Rabi worked at the Radiation Laboratory of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology developing radar. He turned down an invitation to become the deputy director of the Manhattan Project, although, he did visit the weapons laboratory at Los Alamos to consult with the scientists working on the atomic bomb program. After the war, he pushed hard for the international control of atomic energy and he vigorously opposed the development of the hydrogen bomb.