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Biographical entry Born, Max (1882 - 1970)

11 December 1882
Breslau, Germany


Max Born helped develop quantum mechanics, which forms the basis of modern atomic and nuclear physics. In quantum mechanics he interpreted wave functions statistically and developed the ideas of 3-dimensional particle motion.


Born Breslau, Germany (now Poland), 11 December 1882. Died 1970. Educated Göttingen University (PhD 1907) and Cambridge (MA 1933). Privatexent, Göttingen University 1909; professor, University of Berlin 1915; professor, Frankfurt University 1919; professor, Göttingen University 1921; professor of natural philosophy, Edinburgh 1936-53, emeritus from 1953. Stokes medal, Cambridge 1934; Fellow, Royal Society 1939; Macdougall-Brisbane and Gunning-Victoria Jubilee Prize, Royal Society of Edinburgh 1945, 1950; Max Planck Medaille, Germany 1948; Hughes Medal, Royal Society 1950; Freedom of the City of Göttingen 1953; Nobel prize (with W. Bothe) 1954; Grotius Medal, Munich 1956.

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Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Max Born - Records, 1962, MS 041; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


McCarthy, G.J.