Famous Austrian Physicists

A physicist is a scientist who is trained to study the interaction between matter and energy of the physical world. Though a degree in physics qualifies a person as a physicist, study of the subject is far and varied and does not but restrain physicists to but a single topic. There are many sub-fields in which they can specialize. Like every other country in the world, Austria too has had a long list of physicists, dealing in invention, analysis and improvement of the physical phenomenon. While some discovered new phenomenon, others developed the existing and still others analysed for newer creations. While Austrian Nobel laureates such as Philipp Eduard Anton von Lenard, Erin Schrodinger, Victor Francis Hess and Wolfgang Pauli are universally popular for their feats in physicists, the country has been home to many more skilful and immensely talented physicists such as Christian Doppler, Josef Finger, Johann Josef Loschmidt, Ernst Mach, Lise Meitner and Gernot Zippe. Each of them has contributed immensely to the global platform of physics through their inventions, discoveries, analysis and studies. Find out in details about the life and works of famous Austrian physicist through this write-up.

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 1 Erwin Schrödinger

Erwin Schrödinger
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: August 12, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Austrian
Died: January 4, 1961
Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger, is best known for the "Schrödinger's cat" experiment, or the Schrodinger equation. His book What Is Life? explored genetics through physics. The Nobel Prize winner also wrote on a variety of topics, such as color theory and thermodynamics, and tried to create a unified field theory.

 2 Lise Meitner

Lise Meitner
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: November 7, 1878
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Austrian
Died: October 27, 1968

Lise Meitner was an Austrian-Swedish physicist best remembered for her contributions that led to the discoveries of nuclear fission and the element protactinium. Nicknamed the German Marie Curie by Albert Einstein, Lise Meitner became the second woman in the world to receive a doctorate in physics in 1905. In 1997, chemical element 109 meitnerium was named in her honor.

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 3 Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla
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Famous As: Inventor, Father of Radio
Birthdate: July 10, 1856
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Austrian, American
Died: January 7, 1943

Inventor, engineer and futurist, Nikola Tesla, is best remembered for his contribution to the development of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. A prolific inventor, he had around 300 patents for his inventions. Even though he earned a considerable amount of money, he had poor money management skills and died a poor man.

 4 Ludwig Boltzmann

Ludwig Boltzmann
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: February 20, 1844
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Austrian
Died: September 5, 1906

Austrian physicist and philosopher, Ludwig Boltzmann, played a key role in the development of statistical mechanics. As a young man, he was appointed a professor of mathematical physics at the University of Graz. He worked extensively with other physicists over the course of his brilliant academic career. He suffered from bipolar disorder and died by suicide in 1906. 

 5 Wolfgang Pauli

Wolfgang Pauli
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Famous As: Nobel Laureate in Physics
Birthdate: April 25, 1900
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Austrian
Died: December 15, 1958

Nobel Prize-winning Austrian physicist Wolfgang Pauli is remembered for his contribution to quantum physics and for laying down the Pauli principle. While he was initially married to a cabaret dancer, the marriage ended in a divorce after a year. His written works are considered classics in science.

 6 Ernst Mach

Ernst Mach
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: February 18, 1838
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Austrian
Died: February 19, 1916

Austrian physicist and philosopher Ernst Mach is remembered for his contributions to the study of shock waves. He is also credited for discovering a non-acoustic function of the inner ear that helps control human balance. As a philosopher of science, he is considered a major influence on logical positivism and American pragmatism. 

 7 Hermann Oberth

Hermann Oberth
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Famous As: Physicist, Engineer, Essayist, Screenwriter
Birthdate: June 25, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Austrian, Romanian
Died: December 28, 1989
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 8 Fred Singer

Fred Singer
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: September 27, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Austrian, American
Died: April 6, 2020

 9 Walter Kohn

Walter Kohn
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Famous As: Physicist and Chemist
Birthdate: March 9, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Austrian
Died: April 19, 2016

 10 Richard von Mises

Richard von Mises
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Famous As: Mathematician, Physicist, Philosopher, Engineer, University teacher
Birthdate: April 19, 1883
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Austrian
Died: July 14, 1953

 11 Otto Robert Frisch

Otto Robert Frisch
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Famous As: Physicist, Nuclear scientist, University teacher
Birthdate: October 1, 1904
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Austrian
Died: September 22, 1979

 12 Anton Zeilinger

Anton Zeilinger
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Famous As: Physicist, Quantum physicist, Academic, University teacher, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: May 20, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Austrian

 13 Heinz von Foerster

Heinz von Foerster
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Famous As: Scientist, Physicist, University teacher
Birthdate: November 13, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Austrian
Died: October 2, 2002

 14 Victor Weisskopf

Victor Weisskopf
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: September 19, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Austrian, American
Died: April 22, 2002

 15 Carl Auer, Freiherr von Welsbach

Carl Auer, Freiherr von Welsbach
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: September 1, 1858
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Austrian
Died: August 4, 1929

 16 Joseph Loschmidt

Joseph Loschmidt
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: March 15, 1821
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Austrian
Died: July 8, 1895

 17 Karl Herzfeld

Karl Herzfeld
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: February 24, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Austrian
Died: June 3, 1978

 18 Alexander Meissner

Alexander Meissner
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: September 14, 1883
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Austrian
Died: January 3, 1958

 19 Martin Deutsch

Martin Deutsch
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Famous As: Professor
Birthdate: January 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Austrian, American
Died: August 16, 2002