Max Planck

1858 - 1947

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Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck, (German: [maks ˈplaŋk] (listen); English: ; 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. In 1948, the German scientific institution Kaiser Wilhelm Society (of which Planck was twice president) was renamed Max Planck Society (MPG). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Max Planck has received more than 3,081,613 page views. His biography is available in 134 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 132 in 2019). Max Planck is the 7th most popular physicist (up from 8th in 2019), the 22nd most popular biography from Germany (up from 32nd 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 7 out of 721Before him are Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Stephen Hawking, Michael Faraday, and Wilhelm Röntgen. After him are Alessandro Volta, Niels Bohr, James Prescott Joule, André-Marie Ampère, Ernest Rutherford, and James Clerk Maxwell.

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

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Among people born in Germany, Max Planck ranks 22 out of 5,289Before him are Max Weber (1864), Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz (1646), Wilhelm Röntgen (1845), Henry Kissinger (1923), Friedrich Engels (1820), and Johannes Brahms (1833). After him are Pope Benedict XVI (1927), Empress Elisabeth of Austria (1837), Anne Frank (1929), Robert Schumann (1810), Heinrich Himmler (1900), and Martin Heidegger (1889).

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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 Werner Heisenberg (1901), Georg Ohm (1789), Heinrich Hertz (1857), Hermann von Helmholtz (1821), Otto von Guericke (1602), Gustav Ludwig Hertz (1887), Wilhelm Eduard Weber (1804), Max von Laue (1879), and Johannes Stark (1874).