Max Planck’s Quantum Theory was a turning point in the history of Physics | Max Planck was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1918 for his Quantum Theory
Max Planck was very proficient in vocal and instrumental music. When he wanted to study physics one of his professors told him that there is nothing in Physics that is to be discovered. Max Plank said that he is not intended to discover anything but just want to learn the basic things of Physics. But his Quantum theory marked a turning point in the history of Physics. He is considered to be one of the most important figures in modern physics. He was awarded the Noble prize in 1918 for the Quantum Theory.
Max Planck assumed that the radiation energy is emitted in discrete packets called quanta rather than in a continuous way. This explains the periodic table and why chemical reactions take place. It also explains the stability of DNA cells, emission of alpha rays from nucleus of an atom. Quantum theory also helped in the discovery of laser rays, micro chops, superconductivity and compact discs. Many scientists who researched based on this were awarded Noble prizes.
Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck was born in Kiel, Germany, on April 23, 1858. His family members were highly educated. He was very active in studies as well as in music. He finished his graduation at 17, and got his doctorate for one of his experiment in Physics. That was the only practical experiment he did in his life time. He was selected as a Physics head in Berlin University when he was 31. Quantum theory he proposed in 1900 was supported by Albert Einstein’s Photoelectric effect.
Personal life of Max Planck was very tragic. His elder son died in the world war. His two daughters died within few days of getting married. Hitler hanged his small son. All these tragic events could not divert him from his work.