Lyman Spitzer (1914-1997)
Professor of Astrophysical Sciences
Project Matterhorn

Lyman Spitzer (1914-1997) earned his doctorate degree from Princeton in 1938. He became chairman of Astrophysical Sciences Department at Princeton in 1947. Spitzer worked with Martin Schwartzchild to transform Princeton's role as a central institution for astronomical research. Nearly a decade before the first orbiting satellite, Spitzer…

John Archibald Wheeler (1911-2008)
Professor of Physics, Princeton University
Manhattan Project
Project Matterhorn

John Wheeler (1911-2008) was a leading theoretical physicist and Professor of Physics at Princeton from 1938-1976. Wheeler was central to the development of both the atomic and hydrogen bombs. After earning a doctoral degree in Physics from Johns Hopkins University, Wheeler worked closely with Niels Bohr at the University of…