Feynman himself outlined his biography in just a few words.
“Some facts about my timing: I was born in 1918 in a small town called Far Rockaway, right on the outskirts of New York, near the sea. I lived there until 1935… I went to MIT for four years, and then I went to Princeton, in about 1939. During the time I was at Princeton I started to work on the Manhattan Project, and I ultimately went to Los Alamos in April 1943, until something like October or November 1946, when I went to Cornell. …then [I] went to Caltech, where I've been ever since.” Alas, he’s no longer working there – Richard Feynman died in 1988.
Once at Sunday tea party in Princeton, Feynman shocked the dean’s wife. To her question, “Would you like cream or lemon in your tea, Mr. Feynman?” the physicist responded: “I’ll have both, thank you.”
The reply from the shocked Mrs. Eisehart was firmly remembered by Feynman: “Surely you are joking, Mr. Feynman!” That was so fit that he used this phrase as a title for the book of his incredible life adventures.
His second famous book, “Feynman Lectures on Physics,” is a canonical interpretation of modern physics. And in his spare time, Feynman painted portraits, played drum, analyzed Mayan manuscripts and solved various puzzles, including ciphers for safes. In his later years he was involved in the investigation of the causes of the Challenger disaster and drew a conclusion that should be carved in gold letters in marble: “For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled.”