Max Planck Medal

The Max Planck medal is the highest award of the German Physical Society (Deutsche Physikalische Gesellschaft), the world's largest organization of physicists, for extraordinary achievements in theoretical physics. The prize has been awarded annually since 1929, with few exceptions, and usually to a single person. The winner is awarded with a gold medal and hand-written parchment.[1][2][3]

The inaugural award: Max Planck (left) presents Albert Einstein (right) with the Max Planck medal of the German Physical Society, 28 June 1929, in Berlin, Germany.

In 1943 it was not possible to manufacture the gold medal because the Berlin foundry was hit by a bomb. The board of directors of the German Physical Society decided to manufacture the medals in a substitute metal and to deliver the gold medals later.[4][5]

The highest award of the German Physical Society for outstanding results in experimental physics is the Stern–Gerlach Medal.[6]

List of recipientsEdit

 
Max Planck Medal 1943, awarded to Friedrich Hund

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Official list of recipients of the Max-Planck medal". German Physical Society (in German). Retrieved March 23, 2021.
  2. ^ "Videoportraits of some recent recipients". German Physical Society (in German). Retrieved March 23, 2021.
  3. ^ "Historical background and present by-law". German Physical Society (in German). Retrieved March 23, 2021.
  4. ^ "Replacement of the Max Planck Medal in 1943". teleschach.de (in German). Retrieved March 23, 2021.
  5. ^ Walter Grotrian, ed. (April 30, 1943). "Verleihung der Planck-Medaille an Pascual Jordan und Friedrich Hund". Verhandlungen der deutschen physikalischen Gesellschaft (in German). Friedrich Vieweg & Sohn. p. 20.
  6. ^ "Medaglia Stern-Gerlach". German Physical Society (in German). Retrieved March 23, 2021.

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