(April 23, 1858 – October 4, 1947)

Max Planck was undoubtedly one of the most brilliant 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 great minds 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 not deterred. He had seen things which others did not. And even now in the 21st century, (more than a century after he proposed his groundbreaking theory), no scientist living or dead could honestly claim to understand up to half of what quantum entails. Great researchers such as Max Born, Erwin Schroedinger, Werner Heisenberg, Satyendra Nath Bose, Wolfgang Pauli, Paul Dirac, Pascual Jordan, and many 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 both Germany and the wider science world. Planck’s other works pertained to thermodynamics, entropy and optics. His long list of eponyms includes the Planck’s constant and the Max Planck medal.

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