(April 23, 1858 – October 4, 1947)

Planck was one of the most astute scientists of his generation. His Quantum Theory was not just revolutionary. It opened new avenues for our understanding of both atomic and subatomic worlds. Hence, it is no surprise that some of the boffins of his era struggled to understand the basic concepts of quantum physics. Even the supposedly brilliant Albert Einstein rejected it at first. But Planck was undeterred. He had seen what others did not. And thus far, in this 21st century, (over a century after he propounded his theory), no scientist living or dead could honestly claim to understand 50% of what quantum entails. Great researchers such as Max Born, Erwin Schroedinger, Werner Heisenberg, Satyendra Nath Bose, Wolfgang Pauli, Paul Dirac, Pascual Jordan, and others, have gained fame and won accolades, (including Nobel Prizes), just by advancing a small portion of what Max Planck originated. He is also credited with advancing our knowledge of how objects emit and absorb radiations. His support for, as well as contributions to Einstein’s Relativity Theory, enabled it gain acceptance in Germany and the wider world. Planck’s other works pertained to optics, entropy, thermodynamics and statistical mechanics. Lise Meitner and Walther Bothe are among his famous students; and his long list of eponyms includes the Planck crater (on the moon) and the 1069 Planckia asteroid.


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