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Graves from Göttingen: Max von Laue

Max von Laue was born as Max Laue in 1879 to Julius Laue and Minna Zerrenner. His father was later raised to hereditary nobility, for which the ‘von’ was added. The father was a German military administrator, thus the family moved frequently during von Laue’s childhood. A professor in Strasbourg interested him in the sciences,

Graves from Göttingen: Adolf Windaus

Adolf Windaus was born on Christmas Day, 1876 to Margarete Elster and Adolf Windaus. He was born into a family that had mostly been tradesmen and artisans—his father was a drapery manufacturer. However, as a child, he attended the prestigious Französisches Gymnasium in Berlin. Although he had been interested in literature and the humanities as

Graves from Göttingen: Richard Adolf Zsigmondy

Nanotechnology often seems like it belongs in the pages of a science fiction book, but it’s been studied for well over a hundred years. It is now known that the Romans used nanotechnology to make such things as the fascinating Lycurgus Cup, and scientists from the 17th century alchemist Daniel Sennert to Michael Faraday have

Graves from Göttingen: Max Planck

You should know the name of Max Planck. Not only does he have a German research institution chain named after him, he also completely revolutionized physics around the turn of the last century. His work with thermodynamic problems, such as blackbody radiation and a phenomenon known as the ultraviolet catastrophe, led him to develop his