Karl Schwarzschild

1873 - 1916

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Karl Schwarzschild (German: [ˈkaʁl ˈʃvaʁtsʃɪlt] (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 426,751 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 47 in 2019). Karl Schwarzschild is the 119th most popular physicist (up from 130th in 2019), the 432nd most popular biography from Germany (down from 391st in 2019) and the 20th 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 119 out of 721Before him are Igor Tamm, Kip Thorne, Auguste Piccard, Felix Bloch, Henry Moseley, and Simon van der Meer. After him are Thomas Young, Walther Bothe, Josiah Willard Gibbs, J. Hans D. Jensen, George Paget Thomson, and Edward Victor Appleton.

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Among people born in 1873, Karl Schwarzschild ranks 11Before him are Konstantin von Neurath, Jules Rimet, Alexis Carrel, Thomas Andrews, Johannes V. Jensen, and Henri Barbusse. After him are Alfred Jarry, Luigi Lucheni, Spyridon Louis, William McMaster Murdoch, G. E. Moore, and Julius Martov. Among people deceased in 1916, Karl Schwarzschild ranks 15Before him are William Ramsay, Henry James, Sholem Aleichem, Odilon Redon, Umberto Boccioni, and Richard Dedekind. After him are Otto of Bavaria, Helmuth von Moltke the Younger, Natsume Sōseki, Klas Pontus Arnoldson, Enrique Granados, and Charles Taze Russell.

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Among people born in Germany, Karl Schwarzschild ranks 432 out of 5,289Before him are Friedrich Fromm (1888), Robert Ley (1890), Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine (1864), Anna Magdalena Bach (1701), Walter Schellenberg (1910), and Conradin (1252). After him are Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria (1808), Otto Frank (1889), Ernst Lubitsch (1892), Uwe Seeler (1936), Maria Amalia of Saxony (1724), and Walther Bothe (1891).

Among PHYSICISTS In Germany

Among physicists born in Germany, Karl Schwarzschild ranks 20Before him are Maria Goeppert Mayer (1906), Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787), James Franck (1882), Ernst Abbe (1840), Ernst Ruska (1906), and Arno Allan Penzias (1933). After him are Walther Bothe (1891), J. Hans D. Jensen (1907), Hans Geiger (1882), Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742), Julius von Mayer (1814), and Rudolf Mössbauer (1929).