Max von Laue

Max von Laue

Pfaffendorf, Stadtkreis Koblenz, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany
Death 24 Apr 1960 (aged 80)
Berlin, Germany
Burial Gottingen, Landkreis Göttingen, Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
Plot Abt. VB 01 No. 28
Memorial ID 163137058 · View Source
Suggest Edits

Physicist, Nobel Prize in Physics 1914. The prize was awarded for his research into the diffraction of X-rays by crystals, which led to the determination of chemical structures. He studied chemistry, mathematics, and physics at the Universities of Strasbourg, Göttingen, and Munich and obtained his Ph.D. under Max Planck at the University of Berlin in 1903. He taught at Göttingen, Berlin, and Munich before being named professor at the University of Zurich in 1912. His prior research at Munich from 1909 to 1912 led to the award of the Nobel Prize in 1914. From 1914 to 1919, he was Professor at the University of Frankfurt, and in 1919, he was named Full Professor at the University of Berlin, where he remained until retirement in 1943. He was notedly and openly anti-Nazi, helping other scientists oppressed by the Nazi regime to flee Germany and vocally opposing the Nazi's so-called "German Physics". After the war he was detained by the Allies for a few months, as it was thought he had been a part of the Nazi atomic program, and then left for Göttingen to take over the former Kaiser-Wilhelm Institute, now renamed the Max Planck Institute after his former preceptor. He was director of the Fritz Haber Institute from 1951 to 1959. He died after being severely injured in an automobile accident in Berlin, when his car was struck by a motorcycle on the Avus autobahn.

Bio by: Kenneth Gilbert

Family Members




How famous was Max von Laue?

Current rating:

27 votes

to cast your vote.

  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: Kenneth Gilbert
  • Added: 24 May 2016
  • Find a Grave Memorial 163137058
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Max von Laue (9 Oct 1879–24 Apr 1960), Find a Grave Memorial no. 163137058, citing Stadtfriedhof Göttingen, Gottingen, Landkreis Göttingen, Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany ; Maintained by Find A Grave .