Werner Karl Heisenberg 1901-1976

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  • Birth

    Werner Heisenberg was born on Dec 5, 1901 in Würzburg, Germany.
  • Matrix Mechanics

    In 1925, Heisenberg introduced a way to formulate quantum mechanics using matrices. He observed that observable physical quantities obey noncommunicative rules similar to the rules of algebraic matrices. This discovery was presented in a series of papers presented from July 1925, to November 1925.
  • Uncertainty Principle

    In 1927 Heisenberg published the uncertainty principle, which describes the relationship between determining accuracy and momentum behaviors in particles. This principle states that there is a fundamental limit to what we can know about a particular quantum system at a given time. There is an inverse effect that happens as particle position or momentum data is examined. The higher the fidelity of a given particle's position will result in higher uncertainty of the particle's momentum.
  • Uncertainty Principle

  • Nobel Prize

    In 1933, Heisenberg was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics for the year of 1932. He received the award "for the creation of quantum mechanics, the application of which has, inter alia, led to the discovery of the allotropic forms of hydrogen."
  • World War 2

    In 1942, Heisenberg took on a leading role for the research and development of the atomic bomb for Germany. Although his team was unsuccessful in their developments, it is speculated that Heisenberg delayed the creation these weapons intentionally.
  • CERN

    In 1952, Heisenberg became of the the founding contributors to the creation of the group CERN (European Council for Nuclear Research). This organization was created for research purposes devoted to the study of sub-atomic particles and high energy physics.
  • Death

    Werner Heisenberg passed away in Munich, Germany on 1 Feb, 1976.