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Karl Schwarzschild

1873 - 1916

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Karl Schwarzschild (German: [kaːl ˈʃvaːtsʃɪlt] (listen); 9 October 1873 – 11 May 1916) was a German physicist and astronomer. Schwarzschild provided the first exact solution to the Einstein field equations of general relativity, for the limited case of a single spherical non-rotating mass, which he accomplished in 1915, the same year that Einstein first introduced general relativity. The Schwarzschild solution, which makes use of Schwarzschild coordinates and the Schwarzschild metric, leads to a derivation of the Schwarzschild radius, which is the size of the event horizon of a non-rotating black hole. Schwarzschild accomplished this while serving in the German army during World War I. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Karl Schwarzschild has received more than 584,150 page views. His biography is available in 51 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Karl Schwarzschild is the 145th most popular physicist (down from 119th in 2019), the 542nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 432nd in 2019) and the 25th most popular German Physicist.

Karl Schwarzschild is most famous for his solution to the Schwarzschild metric, which is a solution to Einstein's equations of general relativity. This solution describes the gravitational field outside a spherical mass.

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Among physicists, Karl Schwarzschild ranks 145 out of 717Before him are Jacques Charles, Frits Zernike, Hideki Yukawa, Robert Coleman Richardson, Felix Bloch, and Georg Christoph Lichtenberg. After him are Hans Bethe, William Shockley, Johann Jakob Balmer, Ben Roy Mottelson, Martin Lewis Perl, and Rudolf Mössbauer.

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Among people born in 1873, Karl Schwarzschild ranks 13Before him are Jules Rimet, Johannes V. Jensen, Thomas Andrews, Luigi Lucheni, Henri Barbusse, and Alfred Jarry. After him are Alberto Santos-Dumont, G. E. Moore, Spyridon Louis, William McMaster Murdoch, Otto Loewi, and Julius Martov. Among people deceased in 1916, Karl Schwarzschild ranks 20Before him are Sholem Aleichem, Richard Dedekind, Helmuth von Moltke the Younger, Otto of Bavaria, Charles de Foucauld, and Natsume Sōseki. After him are Enrique Granados, Elisabeth of Wied, Ivan Franko, Charles Taze Russell, José Echegaray, and Eduard Strauss.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Karl Schwarzschild ranks 542 out of 6,142Before him are Eleonor Magdalene of Neuburg (1655), Horst Wessel (1907), Peter Simon Pallas (1741), Willy Messerschmitt (1898), Ananda Mahidol (1925), and Hans Baldung (1484). After him are Albert the Bear (1100), Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner (1780), Lion Feuchtwanger (1884), Dietrich Eckart (1868), Martin Heinrich Klaproth (1743), and Ernst Udet (1896).

Among PHYSICISTS In Germany

Among physicists born in Germany, Karl Schwarzschild ranks 25Before him are J. Hans D. Jensen (1907), Julius von Mayer (1814), Ernst Abbe (1840), Arno Allan Penzias (1933), Hans Georg Dehmelt (1922), and Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742). After him are Rudolf Mössbauer (1929), Hans Geiger (1882), Polykarp Kusch (1911), Gerd Binnig (1947), Wolfgang Paul (1913), and Herbert Kroemer (1928).