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Max Planck

1858 - 1947

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Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck (English: , German: [maks ˈplaŋk] ; 23 April 1858 – 4 October 1947) was a German theoretical physicist whose discovery of energy quanta won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918.Planck made many substantial contributions to theoretical physics, but his fame as a physicist rests primarily on his role as the originator of quantum theory, which revolutionized human understanding of atomic and subatomic processes. He is known for Planck's constant, which is of foundational importance for quantum physics, and which he used to derive a set of units, today called Planck units, expressed only in terms of fundamental physical constants. Planck was twice president of the German scientific institution Kaiser Wilhelm Society. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Max Planck has received more than 4,003,434 page views. His biography is available in 135 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 134 in 2019). Max Planck is the 8th most popular physicist (down from 7th in 2019), the 29th most popular biography from Germany (down from 22nd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular German Physicist.

Max Planck is most famous for his work in quantum physics. He was able to show that light is not a continuous wave, but instead comes in packets of energy called quanta.

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Among physicists, Max Planck ranks 8 out of 717Before him are Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking, Michael Faraday, Wilhelm Röntgen, and Alessandro Volta. After him are Robert Hooke, Pierre Curie, Hans Christian Ørsted, James Prescott Joule, André-Marie Ampère, and Ernest Rutherford.

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Among people born in 1858, Max Planck ranks 2Before him is Émile Durkheim. After him are Giacomo Puccini, Selma Lagerlöf, Theodore Roosevelt, Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, Rudolf Diesel, Georg Simmel, Gustaf V of Sweden, Omar Mukhtar, Emmeline Pankhurst, and Giuseppe Peano. Among people deceased in 1947, Max Planck ranks 1After him are Henry Ford, Al Capone, Victor Emmanuel III of Italy, Rudolf Höss, Aleister Crowley, Kurt Lewin, Philipp Lenard, Christian X of Denmark, Jozef Tiso, Victor Horta, and George II of Greece.

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Among people born in Germany, Max Planck ranks 29 out of 6,142Before him are Henry Kissinger (1923), Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837), Friedrich Engels (1820), Frederick the Great (1712), Johannes Brahms (1833), and Heinrich Himmler (1900). After him are Wilhelm II, German Emperor (1859), Martin Heidegger (1889), Hermann Hesse (1877), Karl Dönitz (1891), Robert Schumann (1810), and Friedrich Schiller (1759).

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Among physicists born in Germany, Max Planck ranks 3Before him are Albert Einstein (1879) and Wilhelm Röntgen (1845). After him are Georg Ohm (1789), Werner Heisenberg (1901), Heinrich Hertz (1857), Hermann von Helmholtz (1821), Max Born (1882), Otto von Guericke (1602), Max von Laue (1879), Carl Zeiss (1816), and Wilhelm Eduard Weber (1804).