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Max von Laue

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Max von Laue investigated the structure of crystals and laid down the fundament for the analytical method of X-ray crystallography, which nowadays is applied in the research of biology, chemistry or materials science. With a single experiment, he solved two longstanding problems at once: He both explained the nature of X-rays and laid the cornerstone for a method to determine the atomic structure of the matter.

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Max von Laue

* 9 October 1879 in Pfaffendorf, Germany
† 24 April 1960 in West Berlin

1912-1914 Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Zurich.

Nobel Prize in Physics 1914

“for his discovery of the diffraction of x-rays by crystals”

Dual Accolades: Noble and Nobel