Are there any famous/notorious Romani physicist?


  • $\begingroup$ @njuffa All I did was Google search and nothing relevant came up. I am no expert in these endeavours so I don’t know where to dig properly. $\endgroup$ Mar 31, 2021 at 9:33
  • $\begingroup$ I think, none... $\endgroup$
    – Anixx
    Apr 3, 2021 at 21:09
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    $\begingroup$ The wikipedia page List of notable Romani people cites Sofya Kovalevskaya as being one quarter Romani, though her dedicated wikipedia page is less precise, stating only that "There may also have been some Romani ancestry on the father's side." $\endgroup$
    – nwr
    Apr 4, 2021 at 18:33
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    $\begingroup$ IMHO, before speaking of physicists, not to speak of "famous physicists", a fundamental fact is that, till a recent past, Romani people weren't going to school, therefore were only very few to be able to read and write. $\endgroup$ Apr 7, 2021 at 14:38
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    $\begingroup$ To add to @JeanMarieBecker comment, even if nowadays in democratic countries they are not legally prohibited from attending school (though in some places, local authorities still occasionally violate this right), you also have to account for the fact that Romani people are generally very poor. It's difficult to enter higher education in such circumstances (you can find numerous references about that in sociology of education), let alone to become a famous scientist. $\endgroup$
    – J-J-J
    May 11 at 6:57

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My grandmas uncle, but I don't think his Romani ancestry was documented after they came to the U.S. He was considered the top on his field. George Ray Wait.

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    $\begingroup$ Are you referring to George Ray Wait, born September 7, 1886 in Chase, Kansas, died April 9, 1953 in Cambridge Massachusetts? If so, I am puzzled by the remark "after they came to the U.S." I see a few publications by a G. R. Wait from the 1930s and 1940s in the field of terrestrial magnetism, is that the field you are referring to? It would be helpful if some more details could be added to the answer. $\endgroup$
    – njuffa
    Feb 3 at 17:51
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, njuffa; I meant when his mother's family came to the U.S. she immigrated with her parents and sister in 1862. The family had been traveling farm laborers in England and traveled around the Suffolk area. After coming to the U.S. they were able to use that knowledge of farming to finally have a farm of thier own. Sadly before coming to the U.S. they had lost 3 children in the same year while on the road, each one passing away in a different location presumably from illness. Only 1 child survived that year, and they had George Ray's mother the following year and then had more children afte $\endgroup$ Apr 8 at 1:18
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    $\begingroup$ @ConsentidaBalderas If you are the same person as user19651, I'd recommending contacting the support team to merge your accounts. $\endgroup$
    – HDE 226868
    Apr 24 at 1:14

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