Erwin Schr ö dinger August 12, 1887 - January 4, 1961 "The scientist only imposes two things, namely truth and sincerity, imposes them upon himself and upon other scientists." -Erwin Schrödinger Created the Schrödinger Equation, an important equation that is fundamental to quantum physics
Two forms of the Schrödinger equation
The only child of Rudolf Schrödinger, who was married to the daughter of his Professor of Chemistry at the Technical College of Vienna
Erwin's father came from a Bavarian family which generations before had settled in Vienna
Erwin's mother, Emily Bauer, was half English and half Austrian
Erwin's father finished his chemistry studies, and devoted himself to Italian painting. After this he took up botany, which resulted in a series of papers on plant phylogeny.
Entered the University of Vienna in 1906 and obtained his doctorate in 1910
Did military service in World War I and then went to the University of Zürich in 1921
During a six-month period in 1926, at the age of 39, he produced the papers that gave the foundations of quantum wave mechanics.
Attended the University of Berlin from 1927-1933
Suffered from tuberculosis
In 1933 he decided that he could not live in a country in which the persecution of Jews had become a national policy.
Although his relations with his wife Anny were good, he had had many lovers with his wife's full knowledge
Asked for Arthur March to be his assistant because, at that time, he was in love with March's wife Hilde.
Mid-1933 Hilde became pregnant with Schrödinger's child in the Italian province of Bolzano
Died in Vienna at the age of 73 of tuberculosis
Buried in Alpbach, Austria
Contributions & Awards
Developed the Schrödinger Equation in 1926
Received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1933
In 1935, after extensive correspondence with Albert Einstein, he proposed the Schrödinger's cat thought experiment
Contributed to the wave theory of matter and to other fundamentals of quantum mechanics
One of his lesser-known areas of scientific contribution was his work on color, color perception, and colorimetry
The philosophical issues raised by Schrödinger's cat are still debated today and remains his most enduring legacy in popular science
The Erwin Schrödinger International Institute for Mathematical Physics was established in Vienna in 1993
The huge crater Schrödinger, on the far side of the Moon is named after him