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Hannes Alfvén
Born Hannes Olof Gösta Alfvén
(1908-05-30)30 May 1908
Norrköping, Sweden
Died 2 April 1995(1995-04-02) (aged 86)
Djursholm, Sweden
Fields Electrical engineering and Plasma physics
Institutions

University of Uppsala
Royal Institute of Technology
University of California, San Diego
University of Maryland, College Park
University of Southern California

Alma mater University of Uppsala
Doctoral advisor Manne Siegbahn
Carl Wilhelm Oseen
Doctoral students

Carl-Gunne Fälthammar[citation needed]
Bibhas De[1]
Wing-Huen Ip[2][3]

Known for

Magnetohydrodynamics
Plasma cosmology
Alfvén wave

Notable awards

Nobel Prize in Physics (1970)
Lomonosov Gold Medal (1971)
Dirac Medal (1979)
ForMemRS (1980)[4]
William Bowie Medal (1988)

There is no rational reason to doubt that the universe has existed indefinitely, for an infinite time. It is only myth that attempts to say how the universe came to be, either four thousand or twenty billion years ago.
Hannes Alfven
I have always believed that astrophysics should be the extrapolation of laboratory physics, that we must begin from the present universe and work our way backward to progressively more remote and uncertain epochs.
Hannes Alfven
Most people today still believe, perhaps unconsciously, in the heliocentric universe every newspaper in the land has a section on astrology, yet few have anything at all on astronomy.
Hannes Alfven
We have to learn again that science without contact with experiments is an enterprise which is likely to go completely astray into imaginary conjecture.
Hannes Alfven
We should remember that there was once a discipline called natural philosophy. Unfortunately, this discipline seems not to exist today. It has been renamed science, but science of today is in danger of losing much of the natural philosophy aspect.
Hannes Alfven
To try to write a grand cosmical drama leads necessarily to myth. To try to let knowledge substitute ignorance in increasingly larger regions of space and time is science.
Hannes Alfven