Erwin Schrödinger (1887-1961)

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.


Erwin Schrödinger Photos:

solvay 1927 6 Erwin Schrödinger

solvay 1927 6 Erwin Schrödinger



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Banknote Front



Erwin Schrödinger and Fritz London in Berlin, Germany. 1928

Erwin Schrödinger and Fritz London in Berlin, Germany. 1928 -This image available in large size: 900×717



Portrait of Erwin Schrödinger 1927

Portrait of Erwin Schrödinger 1927 – This image available in large size: 600×803


Erwin Schrödinger Books:

1935 Science and the Human Temperament. A selection of his popular German lectures and essays, translated by James Murphy. Plans for the book had been made in 1932, apparently in a cafe on the Linden in Berlin.

1944 What is Life?. The book grew out of a series of public lectures in Dublin, in 1943, of the same name. It was due to be printed by Cahill and Co. in Dublin, but controversial sections of the book lead Cahill to withdraw just prior to the book appearing. It was eventually published by the Cambridge University Press in 1944.

1946 Statistical Thermodynamics based on a course of lectures at D.I.A.S. Published by Cambridge University Press. Derives ult.


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  1. I also read in Wikipedia for Schrödinger’s cat
    Schrödinger’s cat: a cat, a flask of poison, and a radioactive source are placed in a sealed box. If an internal monitor detects radioactivity (i.e. a single atom decaying), the flask is shattered, releasing the poison that kills the cat. The Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics implies that after a while, the cat is simultaneously alive and dead. Yet, when one looks in the box, one sees the cat either alive or dead, not both alive and dead. This poses the question of when exactly quantum superposition ends and reality collapses into one possibility or the other.

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