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Arnold Johannes Wilhelm Sommerfeld

(1868–1951) German physicist who modified the Bohr theory of the atom, suggesting that orbital electrons travelled in elliptical orbits. The son of a physician, ...

Sommerfeld, Arnold Johannes Wilhelm

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..., Arnold Johannes Wilhelm ( 1868–1951 ) German physicist who modified the Bohr theory of the atom, suggesting that orbital electrons travelled in elliptical orbits. The son of a physician, Sommerfeld was educated at the University of Königsberg. After teaching briefly at the universities of Göttingen, Clausthal, and Aachen he was appointed professor of physics at the University of Munich in 1906 . Sommerfeld should have retired in 1936 in favour of his pupil, Werner Heisenberg . Opposition from the Nazi party to Heisenberg's appointment...

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