Ten fun facts about Max Planck

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Fact 1
Max Planck was born on April 23, 1858 and died on October 4, 1947.

Fact 2
Planck made many contributions to theoretical physics, but his popular reputation is chiefly because of his discoverer of the quantum theory.

Fact 3
Planck was amid the few who instantly recognized the importance of the special theory of relativity and he also contributed considerably to extend this theory.

Fact 4
In 1918Planck was also given the Nobel Prize in Physics.

Fact 5
Planck got honorary doctorates from the universities of Frankfurt, Rostock, Athens, Cambridge, Berlin (TH), Graz, London, Munich (TH), and Glasgow.

Fact 6
The asteroid 1069 was named after him as "Stella Planckia" by the International Astronomical Union in 1938.

Fact 7
Based on the concept that energy produced by a resonator could only take on separate values or quanta, he deduced that the energy for a resonator of frequency ‘v’ is ‘hv’ where ‘h’ is a universal constant, now named Planck’s constant.

Fact 8
The finding of Planck’s constant allowed him to outline a new universal set of physical units like the Planck length and the Planck mass that were all based on fundamental physical constants.

Fact 9
Planck’s work on the quantum theory was published in the Annalen der Physik and his work is summarized in 2 books Thermodynamik (Thermodynamics) and Theorie der Wärmestrahlung (Theory of heat radiation).

Fact 10
In 1905, the 3 epochal papers of Albert Einstein were published in the journal Annalen der Physik and Planck was amongst the few who instantly acknowledged the importance of the special theory of relativity.

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Was a German theoretical physicist.

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