Briggs presented highlights of his keynote lecture for the recent 125th birthday celebration of the unsung father of quantum mechanics.

Briggs_024John, who is British, developed his talk on Born out of personal interest and fun, which went somewhat viral across Germany just before John recently retired from a long and distinguished career as professor of physics at Freiburg University, Germany. Thus, John was invited to give the keynote at the Berlin celebration on the occasion of Born's 125th birthday. 

John emphasized that Born's early contributions to quantum physics are usually mislaid in our familiar textbook descriptions of the early work of Heisenberg, Schrödinger, Dirac, and Oppenheimer.  

Not only did Born suggest the name quantum mechanics but, apart from actually inventing them, made the most significant developments in both matrix and wave mechanics. To him we can ascribe the commutation relation, the statistical interpretation, the concept of entanglement, the theory of collisions, the quantum adiabatic principle, and the final proof of the stability of matter.

John continues his theoretical research in atomic, molecular, and optical physics, collaborating and publishing papers with several groups in this country and in Europe. John currently spends a couple of months each year lecturing physics and mentoring masters students in Cambodia as part of a joint German-Swedish outreach program.