Boltzmann, Ludwig

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Name
Boltzmann, Ludwig Gender: M
born on 20 February 1844 at 23:21:24 (= 11:21 PM )
Place Vienna, Austria, 48n13, 16e20
Timezone LMT m16e20 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rectified from approx. time
Rodden Rating C
Collector: Starkman
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 01°26' s_mo.18.gif s_aricol.18.gif 01°21 Asc.s_scocol.18.gif 06°43'



Ludwig Boltzmann

Biography

Austrian physicist and philosopher whose greatest achievement was in the development of statistical mechanics, which explains and predicts how the properties of atoms (such as mass, charge, and structure) determine the physical properties of matter (such as viscosity, thermal conductivity, and diffusion).

Boltzmann was subject to rapid alternation of depressed moods with elevated, expansive or irritable moods, likely the symptoms of undiagnosed bipolar disorder. He himself jestingly attributed his rapid swings in temperament to the fact that he was born during the night between Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. Meitner relates that those who were close to Boltzmann were aware of his bouts of severe depression and his suicide attempts.

On September 5, 1906, while on a summer vacation in Duino, near Trieste, Boltzmann hanged himself during an attack of depression. He is buried in the Viennese Zentralfriedhof; his tombstone bears the inscription of the entropy formula.


Link to Wikipedia biography

Relationships

  • associate relationship with Meitner, Lise (born 7 November 1878)

Events

Source Notes

Starkman quotes Ruth Lewin Sime's biography "Lise Meitner, A Life in Physics" "He himself jestingly attributed his rapid swings in temperament to the fact that he was born during the night between Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday".

Starkman rectified it to 23.21.24 LMT

Categories

  • Personal : Death : Suicide
  • Vocation : Science : Physics
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field (statistical mechanics)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession