Born on January 15, 1908, in Budapest, Hungary, to Jewish parents, Edward Taylor became one of the most influential theoretical physicists of the 20th century. In 1926, he graduated from the University of Karlsruhe in Germany with a degree in chemical engineering, before moving to the University of Munich to study physics. While in Munich, young Taylor fell while trying to jump out of a moving street car, and his leg was crushed so badly that his right leg was nearly amputated. He survived but had to use prosthetics and walked with a limp for the rest of his life.
However, he quickly weaned himself from painkillers, as he needed a crystal-clear mind for his work on the hydrogen molecular ion, on which he wrote his doctoral thesis under the direction of Werner Heisenberg at the University of Leipzig. . At the time, Germany was the center of theoretical physics, and Taylor spent years doing some of the most cutting-edge work being done in the field, but as Hitler came to power, he and other notable Jewish scientists felt compelled to flee. did. for your safety. Eventually, Taylor moved to the United States, where he obtained citizenship.