Historian Nobel Laureate

History grad de Broglie’s interest in particle physics grew seeing his elder brother’s research work.

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Transcending barriers in academia is nothing new.

But over the years, it’s become more difficult due to changes in the socioeconomic status quo.

de Broglie didn’t have such issues a century earlier.

Anyone doing science has heard about Louis de Broglie at least once.

His particle-wave duality theory changed the way science appeared.

But he started his academic journey started with humanities.

Louis completed his secondary education in 1909 in Paris.

Consequently, got admitted to Sorbonne University & graduated with a History major.

By then, he had grown a profound interest in Physics.

Louis’ elder brother Maurice was an experimental physicist, working with X-rays.

Their occasional discussions piqued his interest in calculations of physics.

In 1913, he earned a science degree in Physics & Math.

By 1924, he submitted his dissertation implying the wave-particle nature of electrons.

Fun fact? He received the Nobel prize in 1929, after 20 years of enrolling for an arts degree.

If something else intrigues you, follow your guts. It’s never too late.