Wilhelm Wien

German physicist, 1864-1928

Wilhelm Carl Werner Otto Fritz Franz Wien was a German physicist who, in 1893, used theories about heat and electromagnetism to deduce Wien's displacement law, which calculates the emission of a blackbody at any temperature from the emission at any one reference temperature. He also formulated an expression for the black-body radiation, which is correct in the photon-gas limit. His arguments were based on the notion of adiabatic invariance, and were instrumental for the formulation of quantum mechanics. Wien received the 1911 Nobel Prize for his work on heat radiation.

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Wien, Wilhelm

dt. Physiker und Nobelpreisträger (1864-1928). Autograph draft letter. O. O. u. D. Folio. 2 SS.
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To the Nobel laureate Arnold Sommerfeld (1868-1951): “Dear colleague!”: “ Prof. Stark [Johannes Stark (1874-1957), Nobel Price for Physics 1919] „ in Aachen asked me to encourage the German Physicians to combat the English influence on German Physics. At the same time I received a declaration from the English professors from Switzerland, which is very Germanophobe and which shows no understanding of German feeling and thinking. The following English physicians signed the declaration: Bragg, Lamb, Lodge, Ramsay, Rayleigh, J.J.

Thomson, Crookes, Fleming. To the first six, whom I know personally, I wrote that this declaration, which is written without any knowing of the German nature, had taken all hope away from me, that the relationships between German and Englishmen, which were cut off due to war, could be healed in foreseeable future […]..

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