BornVienna, (Austria), 12 August 1887
DiedVienna, Austria, 4 January 1961
Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger is chiefly known for the development of wave mechanics, as expressed in a fundamental equation that bears his name. He was educated in Vienna by a private tutor before attending that city’s academic gymnasium. At the University of Vienna, he became a protégé of Ludwig Boltzmann’s successor, Fritz Hasenöhrl. Schrödinger completed his Ph.D. in theoretical physics in 1910 before accepting a research appointment in experimental physics under Franz Exner and Friedrich Wilhelm Georg Kohlrausch. After he completed his Habilitation(the post-doctoral requirement in Germany for teaching at a university) in 1914, World War I broke out. Schrödinger became an artillery officer but nevertheless managed to publish several important papers while serving, with distinction, on the Italian front. A tour of duty in Hungary included a battle victory and another physics paper. Upon his return to...
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