Today Google is celebrating the 126th birthday of Erwin Schrödinger, a famous Austrian physicist who won Nobel prize in 1933 for his eponymous equation on quantum wave mechanics. He is perhaps best know for the mind experiment known as Schrödinger’s Cat.
Erwin Schrodinger was born on August 12, 1887 in Vienna, Austria, to Rudolf Schrodinger and Georgine Emilia Brenda. After being tutored at home, Erwin Schrodinger studied in Vienna under Franz S. Exner and Friedrich Hasenohrl. By 1911, he was assisting Exner. Erwin Schrodinger also worked in the fields of electrical engineering, atmospheric electricity, and atmospheric radioactivity, however, he’s mostly renowned for his work in quantum mechanics.
Schrödinger’s cat is one of the most famous experiments, sometimes described as a paradox, devised by Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger in 1935. It illustrates what he saw as the problem of the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics applied to everyday objects, resulting in a contradiction with common sense.
Here’s a video that gives a brief idea about it —
Born: August 12, 1887, Vienna, Austria
Died: January 4, 1961, Vienna, Austria
Spouse: Annemarie Bertel (m. 1920–1961)
Parents: Rudolf Schrödinger, Georgine Emilia Brenda
Honors and Awards:
- Nobel Prize for Physics (1933) – for the formulation of the Schrödinger equation
- Max Planck Medal (1937)
- Erwin Schrödinger Prize of the Austrian Academy of Sciences (1956)
- Austrian Decoration for Science and Art (1957)