Max von Laue

1879 - 1960

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Max Theodor Felix von Laue (German: [maks fɔn ˈlaʊ̯ə] ; 9 October 1879 – 24 April 1960) was a German physicist who received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1914 for his discovery of the diffraction of X-rays by crystals. In addition to his scientific endeavors with contributions in optics, crystallography, quantum theory, superconductivity, and the theory of relativity, Laue had a number of administrative positions which advanced and guided German scientific research and development during four decades. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Max von Laue has received more than 471,138 page views. His biography is available in 84 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 78 in 2019). Max von Laue is the 42nd most popular physicist (up from 72nd in 2019), the 136th most popular biography from Germany (up from 272nd in 2019) and the 8th most popular German Physicist.

Max von Laue was a German physicist who was most famous for his discovery of the diffraction of X-rays by crystals in 1912.

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Among physicists, Max von Laue ranks 42 out of 851Before him are Richard Feynman, Henry Cavendish, Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, Wolfgang Pauli, Lise Meitner, and Gerard 't Hooft. After him are Pieter Zeeman, J. J. Thomson, Philipp Lenard, William Gilbert, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, and Léon Foucault.

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Among people born in 1879, Max von Laue ranks 7Before him are Albert Einstein, Joseph Stalin, Leon Trotsky, Paul Klee, Kazimir Malevich, and Emperor Taishō. After him are Otto Hahn, Franz von Papen, Francis Picabia, Emiliano Zapata, Alma Mahler, and Owen Willans Richardson. Among people deceased in 1960, Max von Laue ranks 3Before him are Albert Camus, and Boris Pasternak. After him are Clark Gable, Erich Raeder, Paula Hitler, Albert Kesselring, Wilhelm Pieck, Melanie Klein, Walther Funk, Amanullah Khan, and Fausto Coppi.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Max von Laue ranks 136 out of 7,253Before him are Walter Gropius (1883), Erik Erikson (1902), Carl Orff (1895), George I of Great Britain (1660), Georg Philipp Telemann (1681), and Baron Munchausen (1720). After him are Christian IX of Denmark (1818), Meister Eckhart (1260), Otto Hahn (1879), Max Müller (1823), Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet (1805), and Frederick William III of Prussia (1770).

Among PHYSICISTS In Germany

Among physicists born in Germany, Max von Laue ranks 8Before him are Wilhelm Röntgen (1845), Max Planck (1858), Werner Heisenberg (1901), Georg Ohm (1789), Heinrich Hertz (1857), and Max Born (1882). After him are Hermann von Helmholtz (1821), J. Hans D. Jensen (1907), Johannes Stark (1874), Otto von Guericke (1602), Carl Zeiss (1816), and Wilhelm Eduard Weber (1804).