On 12th August 2013, Google celebrates the 126th Birthday of the austrian scientist Erwin Schrödinger with a Doodle.
Who is Erwin Schrödinger ? Schrodinger’s biography shows that even with severe illness and family financial disaster, great accomplishment is possible. Born in 1887, in Austria, to a comfortable and educated Protestant family with some previous scientific connections, he was a gifted student in the local Gymnasium. His strengths and interests lay not only in the physics and math courses that he mastered with effortless enjoyment, but in languages, both ancient and modern, as well as poetry. In 1914, at the age of 27, he achieved the highest possible academic degree, representing independent scholarship. This degree is called Habilitation. Almost immediately, WW I interrupted his studies and ruined his family financially. He taught at a variety of German institutions, but continued his work. 1933, Schrödinger with Dirac, the Nobel Prize for „the discovery of new productive forms of atomic theory.“ During World War II forced Schrödinger escape from the war and then ended up at the University of Dublin, where he, like Einstein searched for a connection between the electromagnetic field theory and relativity. He was doing this and some general physics, and later moved back to Vienna, where he passed away in 1961 after a long illness.
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Schrödinger’s cat: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Schr%C3%B6dinger’s_cat
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