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Werner Heisenberg One cannot fully appreciate the work of Werner Heisenbergunless one examines his contributions in the context of the time in whichhe lived Werner Karl Heisenberg was born in Wuerzburg Germany on December5 1901 and grew up in academic surroundings in a household devoted tothe humanities His father was a professor at the University of Munich andundoubtedly greatly influenced young Werner who was a student at the MaximilianGymnasium Heisenberg had the opportunity to work with many of thetop physicists in the world including Niels Bohr and Max Born Like manyof the top physicists of the time Heisenberg received his doctorate at anearly age In Heisenbergs case he received it at the young age of twentythree Heisenberg was not just a researcher He was also a professor andauthor During his career he taught at many prestigious universities includingthe Universities of Leipzig Goettingen and Berlin He also wrote many importantbooks including Physical Principles of the Quantum Theory Cosmic RadiationPhysics and Philosophy and Introduction to the Unified Theory of ElementaryParticles In 1932 he won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his work in QuantumMechanics With the Nazis in power and World War two on the horizonit was inevitable that his German heritage would play a crucial role in hiscareer Before Germanys blitzkrieg on Poland Heisenberg decided to makeone final visit of his friends in the West Many tried to convince him tostay and accept a professorship at Columbia but Heisenberg declined Hefelt that it was his duty to preserve the foundation of science in Germanyduring the war He also believed that by staying in Germany during the warhe could help individual German scientists In fact he did offer jobs toJewish scientists when they were fired from their posts at other universitiesAs time passed Heisenberg found that he was powerless to protect his friendsHeisenberg himself was personally attacked and his appointment at the Universityof Munich was blocked For over a year Heisenberg was attacked in the SSnewspaper
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