Ex-physicist in charge of Europe's largest economy

Did you know that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has a Ph.D. and used to do research in quantum chemistry? I did not. (Via Jennifer Ouellette)


      1. Working on ice cream, of all things – I think she got a patent on something for making cold ice cream softer  or some such.

  1. Not the first time a quantum physics/chemistry-type jumped ship to Economics.  Koopmans derived his eponymous theory about electron orbital energies and ionization potentials, turned 24, then entered economics, eventually winning the 1975 Nobel Prize in the field.

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