Sommerfeld, Arnold

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Sommerfeld, Arnold Gender: M
born on 5 December 1868 at 17:45 (= 5:45 PM )
Place Königsberg/Ostpreussen, Germany, 54n43, 20e30
Timezone LMT m20e30 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Müller
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 13°53' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 27°58 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 15°35'

Arnold Sommerfeld


German physicist whose atomic model permitted the explanation of fine-structure spectral lines.

As professor of theoretical physics at Munich (1906–31), he did his most important work. His investigations of atomic spectra led him to suggest that, in the Bohr model of the atom, the electrons move in elliptical orbits as well as circular ones. From this idea he postulated the azimuthal quantum number. He later introduced the magnetic quantum number as well. Sommerfeld also did detailed work on wave mechanics, and his theory of electrons in metals proved valuable in the study of thermoelectricity and metallic conduction.

Sommerfeld also educated and groomed a large number of students for the new era of theoretical physics. Though Sommerfeld was nominated for the Nobel Prize 81 times, more than any other physicist, he never received the award..

Sommerfeld's style as a professor and institute director did not put distance between him and his colleagues and students. He invited collaboration from them, and their ideas often influenced his own views in physics. He entertained them in his home and met with them in cafes before and after seminars and colloquia.

Sommerfeld was awarded many honors in his lifetime, such as the Lorentz Medal, the Max-Planck Medal, the Oersted Medal, election to the Royal Society of London, the United States National Academy of Sciences, Academy of Sciences of the USSR, the Indian Academy of Sciences, and other academies including those in Berlin, Munich, Göttingen, and Vienna, as well as having conferred on him numerous honorary degrees from universities.

Sommerfeld died 26 April 1951 in Munich from injuries after a traffic accident.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Kossel, Walther (born 4 January 1888). Notes: "Sommerfeld–Kossel displacement law"
  • (has as) student relationship with Fues, Erwin (born 17 January 1893)


Source Notes

Arno Müller, vol 2.


  • Traits : Personality : Gracious/ sociable
  • Vocation : Science : Physics
  • Notable : Awards : Medals (Max Planck Medal)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession