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Celebtrating Science – Dinner with Max Von Laue

12th Jan, 2021

Max Von Laue (9th October 1879 – 23 April 1960) discovered a phenomenon known as “diffraction patterns” occurs when waves pass through small, tightly spaced openings in a screen. In 1912, Max von Laue came upon the idea that X-rays passing through crystals might create similar patterns. That is, that a crystal’s structure would correspond to the openings in a screen. Experiments confirmed Max von Laue’s idea. This demonstrated that X-rays could be described as waves. The method also made it possible to use diffraction patterns to determine crystals’ structures

Max von Laue was the son of a serviceman and grew up in several German cities. He also spent his student years at various universities. When he made his Nobel Prize-awarded discovery, he was working in Munich. In 1919, after several years as a professor in Frankfurt, he became a professor in Berlin. Von Laue opposed Nazism and agreed to retire in 1943. After the war ended, however, he played an important role in organizing research in Germany. Von Laue married in 1910 and had two children.


Below is  a wonderful photo is a dinner party on the 11th of November 1931 given by Max Von Laue, invites from left to right;


Dinner with Max Von Laue









  • Walther Nernst (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1920 – third law of thermodynamics).
  • Albert Einstein (Nobel Prize for Physics 1921 for his services to theoretical Physics and the photoelectric effect).
  • Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck (Nobel Prize in Physics in recognition of the services he rendered to the advancement of Physics by his discovery of energy quanta).
  • Robert Andrews Millikan (Nobel Prize for Physics 1923 for the measurement of the elementary charge and for his work on the photoelectric effect).
  • Max Von Laue (Nobel Prize for Physics 1914 for his discovery od diffraction by crystals).



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