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Max von Laue

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Net worth 2018: Under Review
Industry: Scientists
Residence: Pfaffendorf, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire
Country: German
BirthDay: 9 October 1879
Sigh: Scorpio
Died On: April 24, 1960
Education: University of Göttingen, Humboldt University of Berlin, Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, University of Strasbourg

Max von Laue was bornon 9 October 1879 in Pfaffendorf, Kingdom of Prussia, German Empire, German, is Physicist. Max von Laue or Max Theodor Felix von Laue was a German physicist who was awarded the Nobel Prize for physics in 1914 for his discovery of the diffraction of X-rays by crystals. The structure of crystals became an important subject of future studies due to this discovery. The studies of crystals led to the study of solid-state physics which contributed immensely to the development of modern day electronics. He suggested that an X-ray passing through a crystal would get diffracted into a number of rays and form a pattern on a photographic plate. The pattern would show the atomic structure of the crystal. He always supported Einstein’s ‘theory of relativity’ and carried out many experiments on quantum theory, disintegration of atoms and on the Compton Effect of light changing its wavelength under various conditions. He also contributed to finding solutions to problems related to superconductivity. Because of his capability of making sound judgments, he was always called upon to provide advice in different areas of German scientific experiments. In spite of the danger of being ostracized he was the only one who supported the theory of relativity when Hitler came to power and protested when Einstein was forced to resign from the Berlin Academy.


Max von Laue died of fatal injuries from a car accident on April 24, 1960


He became director of the ‘Max-Planck Institute’ in April 1951 which was named ‘Fritz Haber Institute for Physical Chemistry’ later in1953


In 1948 he became the honorary president of the ‘International Union of Crystallographers


He went back to the ‘Max Planck Institute’ in Gottingen in 1946 as acting director and became the ‘Titular Professor’ at the university


Max von Laue wrote his book titled ‘History of Physics’ during 1944-1945 which had four editions and was translated into seven other languages


During this time from 1934 onwards he worked for ‘Physikalisch-Technische Reichsanstalt’ located in Berlin-Charlottenburg as their consultant


He was appointed the director of the ‘Institute for Theoretical Physics’ of the ‘University of Berlin’ in 1919 and held the post till 1943


From 1916 onwards he carried out experiments on vacuum tubes that were used in wireless communications and telephony


The ‘Institute for Physics’ was established at Berlin-Dahlem in 1914 under the directorship of Einstein


He joined the ‘University of Zurich’ as a professor of physics in 1912


He published his book on restricted theory in 1911 and a book on general theory in 1921


He married Magdalene Degen in 1910 and they had two children


He became the ‘Privatdozent’ at the ‘University of Munich in 1909 where he taught thermodynamics, optics and the relativity theory


He also wrote eight papers on the application of the theory of relativity between 1907 and 1911


He got the opportunity of becoming the assistant of Professor Max Planck at ‘Institute of Theoretical Physics’ in Berlin in1906 where he worked on thermodynamics and optics


Max von Laue moved to the ‘University of Gottingen’ after obtaining his doctorate from the ‘University of Berlin’ in 1903


In 1902 Max von Laue joined the ‘University of Berlin’ to work under Professor Max Planck after spending one semester at the ‘University of Munich’


He left school in 1898 to carry out military training for one year


Max von Laue was born on October 9, 1879 at Pfaffendorf, near Koblenz in Germany

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