Erwin Schrodinger


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Erwin Schrodinger

  1. 1. Erwin Schrödinger 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
  2. 2. Two forms of the Schrödinger equation
  3. 3. Family History • Nationality- Austria • 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.
  4. 4. Education • 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
  5. 5. Personal Life • 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. References • • hrodinger-bio.html • %C3%B6dinger-9475545
  8. 8. 94217877 Walling 2B October 18, 2010