History of the atom project

Werner Heisenberg

  • Born: December 5, 1901, Würzburg, Germany
  • Died: February 1, 1976, Munich, Germany
  • Nationality: German
  • Heisenberg's name will always be associated with his theory of  quantum mechanics, published in 1925, when he was only 23 years  old. For this theory and the applications of it which resulted  especially in the discovery of allotropic forms of hydrogen,  Heisenberg was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for  1932.

    Erwin Schrödinger

    Born: August 12, 1887, Vienna, Austria

  • Died: January 4, 1961, Vienna, Austria
  • Nationality: Irish, Austrian

    Schrödinger combined the equations for the behavior of waves with the de Broglie equation to generate a mathematical model for the distribution of electrons in an atom. The advantage of this model is that it consists of mathematical equations known as wave functions that satisfy the requirements placed on the behavior of electrons. The disadvantage is that it is difficult to imagine a physical model of electrons as waves.





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