BornPotsdam, Germany, 31 May 1912
DiedLanghorne, Pennsylvania, USA, 10 April 1997
Martin Schwarzschild put twentieth-century understanding of stellar structure and evolution on a firm, quantitative footing by calculating the solutions to the differential equations that describe stellar physics for a range of star masses and compositions. He did so using realistic descriptions for nuclear reactions and energy transport, and evolving those solutions forward in time to reveal the effects of gradual composition changes due to the nuclear reactions. Schwarzschild also made significant contributions to the definition of stellar populations and to observations and theory of solar and stellar convection. Late in his career, Schwarzschild attempted to put the dynamical structure and evolution of elliptical galaxies on a similarly firm numerical footing.
Schwarzschild was the second child and elder son of Karl Schwarzschildand Else Rosenbach, the gentile daughter of a local surgeon. Martin...
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