Max Planck

By: Kaitlyn Eschler

General Information

Place of Birth: Kiel, Germany

Date of Birth: April 23, 1858

Date of Death: October 4, 1947

Place of Death: Gottingen, Germany


Planck studied at the Universities of Munich and Berlin. He received a Doctrate of Philosophy in 1879. In 1926, he then became a preseason at Berlin University.

Major Contributions to Physics:

Planck was a theoretical physicist who originated quantum physics. He studies thermodynamics and examined the distributions of energy according to wavelength. He announced/ created Planck's radiation formula (E= hv). He also created a universal set of units.

Planck's Law described the unique distribution for electromagnetic radiation in thermodynamic equilibrium. Plank assumed that the radiation energy is emitted in packets called quanta. The energy (E) of the quantum is related to the frequency (v) by E=hv. h being Planck's constant ( 6.626x10^-3 Js).