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Pascual Jordan

Pascual JordanAKA Ernst Pascual Jordan

Born: 18-Oct-1902
Birthplace: Hannover, Hanover, Germany
Died: 31-Jul-1980
Location of death: Hannover, Hanover, Germany
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Physicist

Nationality: Germany
Executive summary: Founder of Quantum Mechanics

Military service: Luftwaffe (1933-45, worked at Pennemunde)

One of the primary founders of Quantum Mechanics (others were Max Born and Werner Heisenberg), and also Quantum Electrodynamics. Jordan's main contribution was no less than quantum field theory, but he never attained the fame of the other scientists, who considered him somewhat of a mathematician. The seminal 1925 paper with Max Born, Zur Quantenmechanik, was authored largely by Jordan. He believed that fundamental constants of the universe were variable, an idea which persists to this day. A history of physics Jordan wrote during the Nazi period gave credit to prominent Jews in the field, when the rest of the German establishment was attempting to discredit their work. Even so, he was prominent nationalist and after 1933 a member of the Nazi Party and the Brown Shirts. In 1953 Wolfgang Pauli proclaimed him "rehabilitated" and he served the remainder of his career as full professor at the University of Hamburg.

    University: Hanover Technical University (-1923)
    University: PhD, University of Göttingen (1924)
    Professor: Theoretical Physics, University of Rostock (1928-44)
    Professor: University of Berlin (1944-51)
    Professor: University of Hamburg (1951-70)

    Max Planck Medal 1942
    Member of German Parliament (1957-61)
    Christian Democratic Union
    National Socialist German Workers Party 1933

Author of books:
Elementare Quantenmechanik (1930, physics, with Max Born)
Anschauliche Quantentheorie (1936, physics)
Die Physik des 20 Jahrhunderts (1936, physics)

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