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Zwicky, Fritz (14 February 1898–08 February 1974), astrophysicist and space scientist, was born in Varna, Bulgaria, the son of Fridolin Zwicky, a Swiss merchant, and Franziska Wrcek. Zwicky’s early talent for science convinced his father to let him train for engineering rather than commerce. Accordingly, Zwicky moved to Zürich, Switzerland, where he attended the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule. There Zwicky soon evinced a more abstract bent, switching from engineering to physics and mathematics in 1918. To obtain his teaching diploma in 1920, he wrote for the mathematician and mathematical physicist ...