Erwin Schrödinger (August 12, 1887 - January 4, 1961) was an Austrian physicist famous for his contributions to quantum mechanics, especially the Schrödinger equation, for which he won the Nobel Prize in 1933. He proposed the Schrödinger's cat thought experiment, and he had a life-long interest in Vedanta.
Born Aug.12, 1887 Vienna (Erdberg),
Father: Rudolf Schrödinger, cerecloth producer, botanist
Mother: Georgine Emilia Brenda, d. o Alexander Bauer, Professor of Chemistry,k.u.k. Technische Hochschule Vienna
1898 Akademisches Gymnasium
1906-10 Studied in Vienna (Franz Serafin Exner (1849 - 1926), Fritz Hasenöhrl (1874 - 1915), experimental work with Kohlrausch)
1911 Assistant to Exner
1914 Habilitation (venia legendi)
1914-18 war participation (Görz, Duino, Sistiana,Prosecco,Vienna)
1920, April 6, marries Annemarie Bertel.
1920 Assistant to Max Wien, Jena
1920 Sept. a.o.Prof. Stuttgart
1921 o.Prof. Breslau,
1922 Zürich University
1926 Annalen der Physik : "Quantisierung als Eigenwertproblem".(Quantisation as Eigen Value Problem). Schrödingers wave-mechanics/-equation
1927 Follows Max Planck in Berlin Humboldt-University
1933 term limited Fellow of Magdalen College, University of Oxford 1933 Nobel Prize together with Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac
1934 Lectures at Princeton University (permanent position not accepted)
1936 University Graz,Austria
1938 After Hitler occupied Austria: problems due to leaving Germany in 1933 and his known preferences; search warrants, investigations
Via Italy/Switzerland to Oxford - University of Ghent.
At Advanced Studies in Dublin, Director of the School for Theoretical Physics. About 50 further publications on various topics. Attempts towards a unified field theory.
1944 What is Life? (Negentropy, concepts for genetic code)
In Dublin until retirement
1955.Returns to Vienna (chair ad personam).
At an important lecture during the World Power Conference he refuses to speak on nuclear energy because of his scepticism about it (he gave a philosophical lecture instead).
Died: Jan 4, 1961 in Vienna, aged 73 (tuberculosis). Left widow Anny. Buried in Alpbach (Austria).