Erwin Schrödinger was an Austrian physicist who contributed significantly to the development of quantum mechanics. He was born on August 12, 1887, in Vienna, Austria and died on January 4, 1961, in Vienna.

Early Life and Education

Erwin Schrödinger attended the Akademisches Gymnasium in Vienna and later went on to study theoretical physics at the University of Vienna. He completed his doctoral thesis under Franz Exner in 1910.


After completing his doctoral thesis, Schrödinger worked at several universities across Europe as a professor of physics. His most significant contribution to physics came in 1926 when he developed the wave equation that describes the behavior of particles at the atomic level. This equation is now known as the Schrödinger equation and is considered one of the fundamental principles of quantum mechanics.

Schrödinger also made significant contributions to other areas of physics such as statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, and color theory.

In 1933, after Hitler came into power in Germany, Schrödinger moved from Berlin to Oxford and became a fellow at Magdalen College. He later moved to Dublin where he became director of theoretical physics at what is now known as Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.

Personal Life

Erwin Schrodinger married Annemarie Bertel in 1920. They had two daughters together before divorcing in 1927. In 1940 he married to his second wife Kathleen McBride with whom he had a son named Rudolf.


Erwin Schrödinger's work has had a profound impact on modern science and continues to influence the field today. The concepts he introduced through his research helped lay the foundation for quantum mechanics as we know it today.

His legacy lives on not only through his scientific contributions but also through his popular lectures on the nature of life, which resulted in his book "What is Life?" that had a profound impact on the development of molecular biology.


Erwin Schrödinger has left an indelible mark on the field of physics and science as a whole. His contributions towards quantum mechanics continue to inspire and challenge scientists today.