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Wolfgang Paul

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Industry: Scientists
Residence: Lorenzkirch, Saxony, German Empire
Country: German
BirthDay: 10 August 1913
Sigh: Virgo
Died On: December 7, 1993
Education: Technical University of Berlin, University of Göttingen, Technische Universität München

Wolfgang Paul was bornon 10 August 1913 in Lorenzkirch, Saxony, German Empire, German, is Physicist. Wolfgang Paul was a German physicist who shared one-half of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1989 with the German-born American physicist Hans G. Dehmelt. The other half of the prize was awarded to the American physicist Norman F. Ramsey. Paul received his share of the prize for his development of the Paul trap—an electromagnetic device that captures ions (electrically charged atoms) and holds them long enough for their properties to be accurately measured. His father was a professor of pharmaceutic chemistry, so Paul became familiar with the life of a scientist in a chemical laboratory quite early. Both his parents were in favor of humanistic education and Paul’s interest in science was awakened very early. After finishing the gymnasium in Munich with 9 years of Latin and 6 years of ancient Greek, history and philosophy, he decided to become a physicist. All through his student years he had very inspiring teachers who had a strong influence on his scientific thinking. His doctoral thesis was interrupted as the World War II was beginning and he was incorporated into the air force. Along with being a professor at the Bonn University for a long period he served as a member of many scientific committees in Germany and abroad.


Paul died on 7 December 1993 at the age of 80 in Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany


It was followed in 1965 by a synchroton for 2500 MeV


This later led to Paul signing the declaration of the ‘Gottinger Eighteen’ in 1957, a declaration of 18 leading nuclear scientists of West Germany against arming the West German army with tactical nuclear weapons


In 1952 he was appointed Professor at the University of Bonn and Director of the Physics Institute


There in 1944 he became Privatdozent, an academic title that denotes a person’s ability to teach independently at university level, at the university


In 1937 after his diploma exam he followed Kopfermann to the University of Kiel where he had just been appointed Professor Ordinarius


After his first examination in 1934 he turned to the Technische Hochschule in Berlin, where he became a student of Hans Kopfermann who showed great interest in Paul’s studies


Later, in the fall 1932, he commenced his studies at the Technische Hochschule München


Wolfgang Paul was born on August 10, 1913 in Lorenzkirch, a small village in Saxony, German Empire, as the fourth child of Theodor and Elisabeth Paul

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