Max Born

By: Patrick Taylor

Facts

Born in Breslau, Germany on December 11th, 1882. Max attended the König-Wilhelm-Gymnasium, and continued his studies at the Universities of Breslau in 1906.

Contribution(s) to Physics

He established an authoritative school for atomic and quantum physics. He discovered the “arrays of numbers” that could be employed to prepare the first in-depth quantum theory. Perhaps Born’s most influential contribution to quantum theory was his concept that the wave-function could only be employed to predict the probabilities of different results being concluded in measurements; more precisely, that the square of the wave-function symbolizes a probability density. The concept was termed as the statistical interpretation of quantum theory.

Brief Summary of Contributions

Max Born was a highly successful theoretical physicist who contributed in the areas of physics and optics. He discovered the “arrays of numbers” which helped prepare the first in-depth quantum theory. Perhaps Born’s most influential contribution to quantum theory was his concept that the wave-function could only be employed to predict the probabilities of different results being concluded in measurements.