Werner Heisenberg

1901 - 1976

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Werner Karl Heisenberg (; German pronunciation: [ˈvɛɐ̯nɐ ˈhaɪzn̩ˌbɛɐ̯k] (listen); 5 December 1901 – 1 February 1976) was a German theoretical physicist and one of the key pioneers of quantum mechanics. He published his work in 1925 in a breakthrough paper. In the subsequent series of papers with Max Born and Pascual Jordan, during the same year, this 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 5,428,753 page views. His biography is available in 104 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 103 in 2019). Werner Heisenberg is the 15th most popular physicist (up from 18th in 2019), the 44th most popular biography from Germany (up from 46th in 2019) and the 4th 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 15 out of 721Before him are Niels Bohr, James Prescott Joule, André-Marie Ampère, Ernest Rutherford, James Clerk Maxwell, and Robert Hooke. After him are Evangelista Torricelli, Henri Becquerel, Christiaan Huygens, Georg Ohm, Erwin Schrödinger, and Hans Christian Ørsted.

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Among people born in 1901, Werner Heisenberg ranks 3Before him are Walt Disney and Hirohito. After him are Louis Armstrong, Marlene Dietrich, Enrico Fermi, Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolaevna of Russia, Jacques Lacan, Linus Pauling, Sukarno, Rudolf Höss, and Clark Gable. 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, Max Ernst, Zhou Enlai, Bernard Montgomery, Fritz Lang, and Trofim Lysenko.

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Among people born in Germany, Werner Heisenberg ranks 44 out of 5,289Before him are Adolf Eichmann (1906), Angela Merkel (1954), Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor (912), Karl Benz (1844), Josef Mengele (1911), and Hermann Göring (1893). After him are Robert Koch (1843), Hannah Arendt (1906), Bernhard Riemann (1826), Marlene Dietrich (1901), Joseph Goebbels (1897), and Hildegard of Bingen (1098).

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Among physicists born in Germany, Werner Heisenberg ranks 4Before him are Albert Einstein (1879), Wilhelm Röntgen (1845), and Max Planck (1858). After him are 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).