Arnold Sommerfeld

Physicist, Academic

1868 – 1951

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Who was Arnold Sommerfeld?

Arnold Johannes Wilhelm Sommerfeld, ForMemRS was a German theoretical physicist who pioneered developments in atomic and quantum physics, and also educated and mentored a large number of students for the new era of theoretical physics. He served as PhD supervisor for more Nobel prize winners in physics than any other supervisor before or since. He introduced the 2nd quantum number and the 4th quantum number. He also introduced the fine-structure constant, and pioneered X-ray wave theory.

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Born
Dec 5, 1868
Königsberg
Also known as
  • Зоммерфельд Арнольд Іоганнес Вільям
  • 阿諾·索末菲
  • Зоммерфельд, Арнольд
Nationality
  • Germany
Profession
Education
  • University of Königsberg
Employment
  • Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
  • University of Göttingen
  • RWTH Aachen University
Lived in
  • Germany
Died
Apr 26, 1951
Munich

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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