Arnold Sommerfeld (1868-1951) and Enrico Fermi (1901-54)

Both Fermi and Sommerfeld were great physicists. In addition, they togehter played the pivotal role in the population increase in our physics world during the 20th Century. It is quite possible that you are doing physics because of what they did.

In 1900 AD, not many universities had independent physics departments. Paul A. M. Dirac had his degree in electrical engineering, and Eugene Wigner had his degree in chemical engineering. By 2000 AD, the largest academic unit in every university is its physics department. How did this happen?

To make a long story short, let us list doctoral students and post-doctoral associates produced by Sommerfeld and Fermi.

Arnold Sommerfeld

Enrico Fermi