General Session




Growing Up Feynman
Or: “Michelle, Where Do We Keep the Spoons Around Here?”

On May 11, 2018 we celebrate what would have been the 100th birthday of one of the most brilliant theoretical physicists and visionary thinkers of the 20th century, Richard Feynman (1918-1988). He was a scientist, Nobel Laureate, popular author, and beloved teacher and friend to many students. In addition to being a storyteller, an artist, an actor, an avid bongoist – and a father.

He is remembered for his assistance in the development of the atomic bomb, his fundamental contributions to quantum electrodynamics and his work as an advisor on the commission investigating the Challenger disaster.

But what about the personal side of this unique and multi-faceted icon?  His daughter Michelle answers the oft-asked question: “What was it like to grow up with Richard Feynman as your father?”

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Keynote Speaker: Michelle Feynman

Michelle Feynman is the daughter of Richard Feynman. A graduate of Art Center College of Design, Michelle is the Assistant Director of Communications and a photographer at Polytechnic School. She lives with her family in Altadena, a few miles from where she grew up.

She has edited a collection of her father’s quotes called The Quotable Feynman, as well as Perfectly Reasonable Deviations from the Beaten Track: The Letters of Richard P. Feynman, a collection of letters to and from her father. Michelle has also gathered a compilation of her father’s artwork in a book entitled The Art of Richard P. Feynman: Images by a Curious Character.

Distinguished Alumni Award

Each year at Seminar Day, the Distinguished Alumni Award (DAA) is presented to Caltech graduates for their noteworthy achievements throughout their careers. Click here to see our 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award winners!