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Kurt Mendelssohn

AKA Kurt Alfred Georg Mendelssohn

Born: 7-Jan-1906
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: 18-Sep-1980
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Mathematician, Physicist, Archaeologist

Nationality: England
Executive summary: Cryogenics and pyramids

Physicist Kurt Mendelssohn fled the German Reich, installed the first helium liquifier at Oxford, and conducted important pre-WW2 work on superconductivity. He also wrote a popular book, The Quest for Absolute Zero, explaining low-temperature physics. He is better remembered for his extracurricular work as a pyramidologist, including his landmark estimate of the workforce necessary to construct the pyramids of Dahshur, Giza, and Medm. He theorized that the third section of the Medm Pyramid disastrously slipped and buried the workers constructing that pyramid beneath the rubble that surrounds Medm, and that this tragedy led to the design alterations visible in the so-called Bent Pyramid of Dahshur. He studied under Frederick Lindemann and Walther Nernst, his students included Nicholas Kurti, and he was a great-great-grandson of Saul Mendelssohn, the younger brother of philosopher Moses Mendelssohn.

Father: Ernst Moritz Mendelssohn
Mother: Elisabeth Ruprecht Mendelssohn
Wife: (married)

    Teacher: Oxford University (1933-73)

    Hughes Medal 1967
    Royal Society
    Naturalized UK Citizen
    German Ancestry
    Jewish Ancestry

Author of books:
Progress in Cryogenics (1959)
The Quest for Absolute Zero: The Meaning of Low Temperature Physics (1966)
Cryogenic Engineering: Present Status and Future Development (1968)
The Riddle of the Pyramids (1974)
The Secret of Western Domination (1976)
Cryophysics (1983)

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