(April 23, 1858 – October 4, 1947)

Exceptionally savvy, Max Planck is the most astute scientists of his generation. His Quantum Theory was not just revolutionary. It opened a whole new avenue for our understanding of both the atomic and the subatomic worlds. Hence, it is no surprise that some of the greatest boffins of his era struggled to understand the underlying concepts. Even the great Albert Einstein rejected some aspects of it: and ended-up losing the ensuing argument to Niels Bohr at the home of Paul Ehrenfest in December 1925. Thus far, in this 21st century, (over a century after Planck propounded his theory), no scientist could honestly claim to fully understand what Quantum Physics entails. Leading researchers such as Max Born, Erwin Schroedinger, Werner Heisenberg, Satyendra Nath Bose, Wolfgang Pauli, Paul Dirac, Pascual Jordan, and several others, have achieved 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 regarding how objects emit and absorb radiations. His support for, as well as contributions to Albert 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. Like his compatriots Karl Weierstrass and David Hilbert, he was an early supporter of women’s tertiary education. Lise Meitner is among his most famous students. And he is the eponym of the Max Planck Medal, the Planck’s constant, the Planck units, the Planck lunar crater, and the 1069 Planckia asteroid.

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