Mendelssohn, Kurt

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Mendelssohn, Kurt Gender: M
Kurt Alfred Georg Mendelssohn
born on 7 January 1906 at 22:45 (= 10:45 PM )
Place Berlin-Schöneberg, Germany, 52n28, 13e22
Timezone CET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 16°43' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 14°34 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 27°19'

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Kurt Mendelssohn (1967)
photo: Jac. de Nijs / Anefo, license cc-by-sa-3.0


German-born British medical physicist, elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1951. In 1974, he published The Riddle of the Pyramids, in which he sought to explain the whys and wherefores of the earliest Egyptian pyramids.

He was a great-great-grandson of Saul Mendelssohn, the younger brother of philosopher Moses Mendelssohn. He received a doctorate in physics from the University of Berlin, having studied under Max Planck, Walther Nernst, Erwin Schrödinger, and Albert Einstein. Leaving Germany at the advent of the Nazi regime in 1933, he went to England. He worked at the University of Oxford from 1933.

His scientific work included low temperature physics, transuranic elements, and medical physics. He was awarded the Royal Society's Hughes Medal in 1967 and the Simon Memorial Prize in 1968. He died on 18 September 1980 at age 74 in Oxford.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • (has as) teacher relationship with Planck, Max (born 23 April 1858)


  • Work : Prize 1967 (Royal Society's Hughes Medal)
  • Work : Prize 1968 (Simon Memorial Prize)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth registry entry from Berlin archives.


  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (PhD in physics)
  • Family : Childhood : Family noted
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (Germany to England)
  • Vocation : Education : Researcher
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Science : Physics (Medical)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Awards : Medals (Royal Society's Hughes)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Simon Memorial Prize)