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Werner Heisenberg

1901 - 1976

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Werner Karl Heisenberg (pronounced [ˈvɛʁnɐ kaʁl ˈhaɪzn̩bɛʁk] ; 5 December 1901 – 1 February 1976) was a German theoretical physicist and one of the main pioneers of the theory of quantum mechanics. He published his work in 1925 in a major breakthrough paper. In the subsequent series of papers with Max Born and Pascual Jordan, during the same year, his matrix formulation of quantum mechanics was substantially elaborated. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Werner Heisenberg has received more than 8,301,506 page views. His biography is available in 107 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 104 in 2019). Werner Heisenberg is the 19th most popular physicist (down from 15th in 2019), the 53rd most popular biography from Germany (down from 44th in 2019) and the 5th most popular German Physicist.

Werner Heisenberg is most famous for his uncertainty principle. This principle states that it is impossible to measure both the position and momentum of a particle at the same time.

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Among physicists, Werner Heisenberg ranks 19 out of 717Before him are André-Marie Ampère, Ernest Rutherford, Niels Bohr, James Clerk Maxwell, Evangelista Torricelli, and Georg Ohm. After him are Henri Becquerel, Erwin Schrödinger, Christiaan Huygens, Enrico Fermi, Heinrich Hertz, and Charles-Augustin de Coulomb.

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Among people born in 1901, Werner Heisenberg ranks 4Before him are Hirohito, Walt Disney, and Marlene Dietrich. After him are Louis Armstrong, Enrico Fermi, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, Jacques Lacan, Linus Pauling, Clark Gable, Rudolf Höss, and Sukarno. Among people deceased in 1976, Werner Heisenberg ranks 5Before him are Mao Zedong, Agatha Christie, Martin Heidegger, and Howard Hughes. After him are Alvar Aalto, Luchino Visconti, Zhou Enlai, Max Ernst, Bernard Montgomery, Fritz Lang, and Jean Gabin.

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Among people born in Germany, Werner Heisenberg ranks 53 out of 6,142Before him are Hannah Arendt (1906), Bertolt Brecht (1898), Georg Ohm (1789), Thomas Mann (1875), Karl Benz (1844), and Eva Braun (1912). After him are Joseph Goebbels (1897), Hildegard of Bingen (1098), William I, German Emperor (1797), Reinhard Heydrich (1904), Klemens von Metternich (1773), and Heinrich Heine (1797).

Among PHYSICISTS In Germany

Among physicists born in Germany, Werner Heisenberg ranks 5Before him are Albert Einstein (1879), Wilhelm Röntgen (1845), Max Planck (1858), and Georg Ohm (1789). After him are 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).