Hugh Everett
Hugh Everett III was an American
United States
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 who first proposed the many-worlds interpretation
Many-worlds interpretation
The many-worlds interpretation is an interpretation of quantum mechanics that asserts the objective reality of the universal wavefunction, but denies the actuality of wavefunction collapse. Many-worlds implies that all possible alternative histories and futures are real, each representing an...

 (MWI) of quantum physics, which he termed his "relative state" formulation.

Discouraged by the scorn of other physicists for MWI, Everett ended his physics career after completing his Ph.D. Afterwards, he developed the use of generalized Lagrange multipliers
Lagrange multipliers
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 for operations research
Operations research
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 and applied this commercially as a defense analyst and a consultant
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. He was married to Nancy Everett née Gore.