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Authorised form of nameBorn; Max (1882 - 1970)
SurnameBorn
ForenamesMax
Dates1882 - 1970
Dates and placesBirth:
11 December 1882
Death:
05 January 1970
ActivityCareer:
Tait Professor of Natural Philosophy in the University of Edinburgh
Honours awarded:
Hon Doctor of Law, Edinburgh (1957; Hon Doctor of Engineering, Stuttgart Technische Universitat (1960); Hon Doctor of Philosophy, Oslo (1961); Hon Doctor of Science, Brussels (1961); Hon Doctor of Science, Berlin Humboldt Universitat (1962); Hon Doctor of Philosophy, Frankfurt an Main, (1964); Bundesverdienstkreuz mit Stern und Schulterband, Bundesrepublik Deutschland (1964)
Royal Society activityMembership:
Fellow
Election Date:
16/03/1939
Medals/Prizes:
Hughes Medal 1950; Nobel Prize (Physics) 1954
Published worksPapers originally deposited in Special Collections, Edinburgh University Library, then moved to the Born Family Archive at Churchill College Cambridge 2008; Einstein letters in Berlin State Archives
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll
Obituaries:
Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 1971 vol 17 pp 17-52, plate, by N Kemmer and R Schlapp
References:
H C Bolton and Alan Roberts, 'On the Comparison of Literary and Scientific Styles: the Letters and Articles of Max Born, FRS' in NR 1995 vol 49 pp 295-302
A Cook, FRS, 'Max Born' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp131-132
G V R Born, FRS, 'The wide-ranging family history of Max Born' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 219-262
R Singh and F Riess, 'The nobel laureate Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman FRS and his contacts with the British Scientific community in a social and political context' in NR 2004 vol 58 pp 47-64
A Cook, 'Report. Migrants to The Royal Society, 1930-1940' in NR 2004 vol 58 pp 303 - 304
Royal Society codeNA2404
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
PB/2/7/1/2Letter from Max Born, written from Gottingen14 March 1927
PB/2/5/1/2Blackett's correspondence with Max Born and Erwin Freundlich re content and publication of their papers with other colleagues in the field re the red shift.c.1953-1954
PB/2/5/1/1'A new interpretation of the observed displacements of lines in the spectra of the Sun and Stars', 26pp, typescript of papers by Erwin Findlay-Freundlich1953
IM/000450Born, Maxc 1966
PB/9/1/13Correspondence with Max Born1940-1966
EC/1939/03Born, Max: certificate of election to the Royal Society
IM/004336Born, Max2002
P/0266Portrait of Born, Max1931
IM/GA/WS/2636Born, Maxnd
RR/66/85Referee's report by Max Born, on a paper 'Theory of electrical breakdown in ionic crystals. II' by Herbert Fröhlich[May 1939]
RR/52/64Referee's report by Charles Galton Darwin, on a paper 'On the quantization of the new field equations I' by Max Born and L InfeldAugust 1934
RR/52/65Referee's report by John Edward Lennard Jones, on a paper 'A note on the spectrum of the frequencies of a polar crystal lattice' by Max Born and J H C Thompson17 August 1934
RR/52/63Referee's report by John Edward Lennard Jones, on a paper 'On the theory of optical activity I—General theory of a system of coupled isotropic oscillators II—Molecules with a binary axis of symmetry' by Max BornJanuary 1935
RR/65/28Referee's report by Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac, on a paper 'A suggestion for unifying quantum theory and relativity' by Max BornJanuary 1938
RR/69/37Referee's report by Sydney Chapman, on a paper 'A general kinetic theory of liquids I. The molecular distribution functions' by Max Born 22 February 1946
RR/65/29Referee's report by Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac, on a paper 'Application of “reciprocity” to nuclei' by Max Born1938
RR/66/30Memoranda, on a paper 'On fluctuations in electromagnetic radiation (A Correction)' by Max Born and K Fuchs14 June 1939
RR/65/27Referee's report by Charles Galton Darwin, on a paper 'On fluctuations in electromagnetic radiation' by Max Born and Klaus FuchsJuly 1938
RR/65/30Referee's report by Charles Galton Darwin, on a paper 'The statistical mechanics of condensing systems' by Max Born and Klaus Fuchs March 1938
RR/70/35Referee's report by Sydney Chapman, on a paper 'A general kinetic theory of liquids. IV. Quantum mechanics of fluids' by Max Born and H S Green1947
RR/69/114Referee's rpeort by Max Born, on a paper 'Energy distribution and stability of electrons in electric fields' by Herbert Fröhlich1946
RR/66/137Letter from Max Born, regarding a paper 'Theory of the vibrations of the sodium chloride lattice' by E W Kellermann20 October 1939
RR/69/25Referee's report by Max Born, on a paper 'Elastic constants of diamond'by S Bhagavantam and J Bhimasenachar1945
RR/68/15Memoranda, on a paper 'Effect of thermal vibrations on the scattering of X-rays. Ill' by Max Born22 December 1941
RR/69/38Referee's report by Sydney Chapman, on a paper 'A general kinetic theory of liquids III. Dynamical properties' by Max Born and H S Green24 January 1947
RR/69/112Referee's report by Max Born, on a paper 'Theory of the rheological properties of dispersions' by Albrecht Fröhlich and R Sack1945
RR/67/182Second referee's report by Nevill Francis Mott, on a paper 'A thermodynamical theory of the tensile strength of isotropic bodies' by R FürthAugust 1940
RR/68/47Letter from Max Born, regarding a paper 'An elementary theory of thermal diffusion' by R Fürth4 June 1941
RR/67/263Referee's report by Max Born, on two papers 'Infra-red absorption spectra of some amino compounds' and 'The vibrations and the molecular structure of urea and guanidonium' by Lotte Kellner1940
RR/69/39Referee's report by Nevill Francis Mott, on a paper 'The theory of the Raman effect in crystals, in particular rock-salt' by Max Born and Mary Bradburn1945
RR/68/99Letter from Max Born, to John David Griffith Davies, regarding a paper 'Thermodynamics of a relativistic Fermi-Dirac gas' by D S Kothari and B N Singh18 August 1941
RR/69/21Referee's report by Nevill Francis Mott, on a paper 'Thermal scattering of X-rays by crystals - I. Dynamical foundation' by G H Begbie and Max Born1945
RR/68/89Referee's report by Max Born, on a paper 'Diffuse scattering of X-rays by crystals - The Faxén-Waller theory and the surfaces of isodiffusion for cubic crystals' by H A Jahn[1941]
RR/68/100Referee's report by Max Born, on a paper 'Thermodynamics of a relativistic Fermi-Dirac gas' by D S Kothari and B N Singh[1941]
RR/69/140Letter from Max Born, on a paper 'Relativistic equations for elementary particles' by Harish-Chandra to J D Griffith Davies, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society12 May 1947
RR/69/34Referee's report by Max Born, on a paper 'The accuracy of atomic co-ordinates derived from Fourier series in X-ray structure analysis' by A D Booth1945
RR/68/282Second referee's report by Max Born, on two papers 'Matrix theory of correlations in a lattice. Part I' and 'Matrix theory of correlations in a lattice. Part II' by R Eisenschitz[1943]
RR/69/139Letter from Max Born, on a paper 'Relativistic equations for elementary particles' by Harish-Chandra to J D Griffith Davies, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society23 March 1947
RR/69/200Referee's report by Max Born, on a paper 'The Raman spectrum of rock-salt' by R S Krishnan1945
RR/70/25Referee's report by Max Born, on a paper 'Diffuse scattering of the Fermi electrons in monovalent metals in relation to their electrical resistivities' by A B Bhatia and Kariamanikkam Srinivasa Krishnan1947
RR/69/115Referee's report by Max Born, on a paper 'On the theory of dielectric breakdown in solids' by Herbert Fröhlich1946
RR/68/283Letter from Max Born, to Ralph Howard Fowler, regarding two papers 'Matrix theory of correlations in a lattice. Part I' and 'Matrix theory of correlations in a lattice. Part II' by R Eisenschitz18 July 1942
RR/69/138Referee's report by Max Born, on a paper 'Relativistic equations for elementary particles' by Harish-Chandra1946
RR/70/36Referee's report by Edward Armand Guggenheim, on a paper 'A general kinetic theory of liquids. IV. Quantum mechanics of fluids' by Max Born and H S Green1947
RR/71/44Referee's report by Max Born, on a paper 'The refinement of atomic parameters by the technique known in X-ray crystallography as ‘the method of steepest descents’' by A D Booth[1948]
RR/70/37Letter from Edward Armand Guggenheim, on a paper 'A general kinetic theory of liquids. IV. Quantum mechanics of fluids' by Max Born and H S Green to David Christie Martin, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society7 July 1947
RR/71/79Referee's report by Max Born, on a paper 'The indefinite metric in relativistic quantum mechanics' by K J Le Couteur[August 1948]
RR/71/275Referee's report by Max Born, on a paper 'On the relativistic invariance of quantized field theories' by J S De Wet1948
RR/71/199Referee's report by Max Born, on a paper 'Classical electrodynamics without singularities' by H McManus[1948]
IM/Meitner Graf/000449Bohr, Maxnd
RR/68/14Referee's report by Max Born, on a paper 'On the relation of Debye theory and the lattice theory of specific heats' by Moses Blackman[1941]
RR/68/281Referee's report by Max Born, on two papers 'Matrix theory of correlations in a lattice. Part I' and 'Matrix theory of correlations in a lattice. Part II' by R Eisenschitz[1943]
PB/1/33/2Correspondence concerning the Copley Medal of the Royal Society1956
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