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Max Planck: The Nobel Laureate

Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck was a German theoretical physicist who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1918 for his remarkable work on quantum theory.

Along with quantum theory, Planck made many contributions to theoretical physics, but his fame lies completely on his role as the originator of quantum theory, which changed our understanding of atomic and subatomic processes.

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Interesting Facts about Planck

1. Planck’s work on quantum theory was published in the Annals of Physics and was summarised in two books Thermodynamics and Theory of Heat Radiation.

2. Planck received honorary doctorates from the universities of Frankfurt, Rostock, Athens, Cambridge, Berlin (TH), Graz, London, Munich (TH) and Glasgow.

3. Planck was a highly regarded physicist who backed up Einstein’s Relativity Theory.

4. In 1938, the International Astronomical Union named asteroid 1069 ‘Stella Planckia’ after Planck.

5. Discovering Planck’s constant helped Max to outline a new universal set of physical units such as the Planck length and the Planck mass.

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