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Louis de Broglie

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Dates

August 15, 1892 – March 19, 1987

Authorized Form of Name

Broglie, Louis de, 1892-1987

Additional Forms of Names

Broglie, L. de (Louis de), 1892-1987

Broglie, Louis, 1892-1987

Broglie, Louis Victor Pierre Raymond de, 1892-1987

Broĭlʹ, Lui de

De Broglie, Louis, 1892-1987

De Broĭlʹ, Lui

Бройль, Л.де, 1892-1987

Biography

Abstract

Louis de Broglie was a quantum physicist at the University of Paris. He was awarded the 1929 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his discovery of the wave nature of electrons."

Important Dates

August 15, 1892Birth, Dieppe (France).

1913Obtained Licence ès Sciences degree, Paris University (Université de Paris), Paris (France).

1914 – 1918Served in the wireless section at the Eiffel Tower, French Army (France. Armeé), Paris (France).

1924Obtained PhD in Science, Paris University (Université de Paris), Paris (France).

1928 – 1962Professor of Theoretical Physics, Paris University (Université de Paris), Paris (France).

1929Awarded Nobel Prize in Physics "for his discovery of the wave nature of electrons".

1929Awarded Henri Poincaré Medal, Académie des Sciences.

1932Awarded Albert I of Monaco Prize.

1933Fellow, Académie des Sciences.

1939Wrote "Matter and Light: The New Physics".

1942 – 1987Permanent Secretary for the Mathematical Sciences, Académie des Sciences.

1945Adviser, French Atomic Energy Commission (France Commissariat à l'énergie atomique).

1952Awarded Kalinga Prize, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

1953Wrote The Revolution in Physics.

1956Awarded Gold Medal, French National Scientific Research Centre.

1960Wrote "Physics and Microphysics".

1962Wrote "New Perspectives in Physics".

March 19, 1987Death, Paris (France).

Occupation

Quantum physicist.

Places

Birth

Dieppe (France)

Undergraduate Education

Paris (France)

Graduate Education

Paris (France)

Employment

Paris (France)

Death

Paris (France)

Subjects

Quantum mechanics.

Quantum theory.

Relationships

People

Family

Broglie, Maurice de, 1875-1960

Brother.

Broglie, Pauline d'Armaillé de

Mother.

Broglie, Victor de

Father.

Advisors & Collaborators

Arnous, Edmond

Advised by Broglie at Paris University (Université de Paris).

Cabrera, Nicolás

Advised by Broglie at Paris University (Université de Paris).

Destouches, Jean-Louis

Advised by Broglie at Paris University (Université de Paris).

DeWitt-Morette, Cécile

Advised by Broglie at Paris University (Université de Paris).

Espagnat, Bernard d'

Advised by Broglie at Paris University (Université de Paris).

Géhéniau, Jules

Advised by Broglie at Paris University (Université de Paris).

Goldstein, Ladislas

Advised by Broglie at Paris University (Université de Paris).

Perrin, Jean, 1870-1942

PhD advisor at Paris University (Université de Paris).

Rosenfeld, L. (Leon), 1904-1974

Advised by Broglie at Paris University (Université de Paris).

Additional

Allard, Georges

Andrade e Silva, J. (João), 1928-

Barut, A. O. (Asim Orhan), 1926-

Bauer, Edmond

Bethe, Hans A. (Hans Albrecht), 1906-2005

Blackett, P. M. S. (Patrick Maynard Stuart), Baron Blackett, 1897-1974

Bohm, David, 1917-1992

Born, Max, 1882-1970

Brillouin, Léon, 1889-1969

Charmet, Raymond

Chissick, Seymour S.

Darrow, Karl K. (Karl Kelchner), 1891-

Davisson, Clinton Joseph, 1881-1958

Deans, Winifred M. (Winifred Margaret)

Debye, Peter J. W. (Peter Josef William), 1884-1966

Dirac, P. A. M. (Paul Adrien Maurice), 1902-1984

Druon, Maurice, 1918-2009

Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955

Ewald, Paul Peter, 1888-1985

Fargue, Daniel

Fok, V. A. (Vladimir Aleksandrovich), 1898-1974

Frank, Philipp, 1884-1966

Frenkel', IA. I. (IAkov Il'ich), 1894-1952

Hartley, Ralph Vinton Lyon, 1888-1970

Heisenberg, Werner, 1901-1976

Heitler, Walter, 1904-

Hiley, B. J. (Basil J.)

Jordan, Pascual, 1902-1980

Karatchentzeff, Michel, 1942-

Klein, Oskar

Knodel, Arthur, 1916-

Landé, Alfred, 1888-

Langevin, Jean

Laporte, Otto, 1902-1971

Lochak, Georges

Lucas, René Auguste, 1898-

Medicus, Heinrich, 1918-

Miller, Jack C.

Morse, Philip M. (Philip McCord), 1903-1985

Natanson, Wladyslaw, 1864-1937

Neculcea, Eugeniu, 1876-1954

Nordheim, Lothar, 1899-

Occhialini, Giuseppe, 1907-1993

Papapetrou, Achilles

Pauli, Wolfgang, 1900-1958

Peierls, Rudolf E. (Rudolf Ernst), 1907-1995

Perrin, Francis

Perrin, Jean, 1870-1942

Polanyi, Michael, 1891-1976

Pomerans, Arnold

Ravensdale, Tom

Richardson, O. W. (Owen Willans), 1879-1959

Schatzman, Evry L.

Schrödinger, Erwin, 1887-1961

Selleri, Franco

Sertillanges, A.-D., 1863-1948

Shankland, Robert S., 1908-

Siegbahn, Manne, 1886-1978

Simon, Pierre Henri, 1903-1972

Thérive, André, 1891-1967

Uhlenbeck, George Eugène, 1900-1988

Ullmo, Jean

Van der Merwe, Alwyn

Vigier, Jean-Pierre, 1920-

Wilson, W. (William), b. 1875

Institutions

Major Positions

France. Armeé

Served for whole of World War I in the wireless section stationed at the Eiffel Tower.

Universite de Paris IV: Paris-Sorbonne

Obtained Licence ès Sciences degree (1913) and PhD in Science (1924). Professor of Theoretical Physics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Académie des Sciences (France)

Fellow and Permanent Secretary for the Mathematical Sciences. Awarded 1929 Henri Poincaré Medal.

Centre national d'études spatiales (France)

Awarded 1956 Gold Medal.

Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives

Adviser.

Unesco

Awarded 1952 Kalinga Prize.

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Louis de Broglie notes on Langevin seminars [microform], 1919-1927.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Louis de Broglie papers, 1919-1978.

Archives et Patrimoine historique

Académie des Sciences

23 quai de Conti, 75006 Paris, France

Oral history interview with Louis de Broglie, 1963 January 7 and 14.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Theses 1952.

Bibliotheque

Institut de France

23 quai de Conti, 75006 Paris, France

Subject

Achilles Papapetrou papers.

Archiv der Berlin-Brandenburgische Akademie der Wissenschaften

Jägerstrasse 22/23, 10117 Berlin

Alfred Landé autograph collection, 1919-1973.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Archive for the History of Quantum Physics, 1898-1950 (bulk).

Library

American Philosophical Society

105 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

Bureau scientifique de l'Armée de l'Air records, 1945-1993.

Armée de l'air

France

Chateau de Vincennes, Vincennes, France

Clinton J. Davisson letters to Louis de Broglie, Hans Albrecht Bethe, and Philip McCord Morse, 1927-1936.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Heinrich Medicus correspondence with Louis de Broglie and Alexandre Dauvillier, 1973-1974.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Iakov Il'ich Frenkel' papers, 1905-1952.

St. Petersburg Branch. Archive

Russian Academy of Sciences

Universitetskaia hab., 1, Korp. 2, St. Petersburg 199034

Karl Darrow correspondence relating to history of physics, 1943-1968.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Leon Rosenfeld papers, 1911-1974.

Niels Bohr Archive

Blegdamsvej 17, Copenhagen, Denmark

Mieczyslaw Wolfe papers, 1914-1947.

Archiwum (Warszawa)

Polska Akademia Nauk

Nowy Świat 72, 00-330 Warsaw, Poland

O. W. Richardson papers, 1897-1959 (bulk 1920-1940).

Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center

University of Texas at Austin

P.O. Drawer 7219, Austin, TX 78713-7219, USA

Oral history interview with Basil J. Hiley, 2008 January 11.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Bernard d'Espagnat, 2001 October 26.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Edmond H. Bauer, 1963 January 8 and 14.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Ernst Pascual Jordan, 1963 June 17, 18, 19 and 20.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Evry L. Schatzman, 1979 August 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Francis Henri Jean Siegfried Perrin, 1963 January 12.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral History interview with Franco Selleri, 2003 June 24 and 25.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Fritz Reiche, 1962 March 30 to May 9.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with George Eugene Uhlenbeck, 1962 March 30, 31, April 5, May 10 and 1963 December 9.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Georges Allard, 1963 January 10.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Giuseppe Occhialini, 1971 April 5, 6, May 16, 17, and November 18.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Jean Langevin, 1963 January 11.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Jean Ullmo, 1963 January 7.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Léon Brillouin, 1962 March 29 and 3 April.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Léon Rosenfeld, 1963 July 1, 19, 22.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Lothar Wolfgang Nordheim, 1977 July 24.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Max Born, 1960 June 1, 1962 October 17 and 18.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Michael Polanyi, 1962 February 15.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Oskar Benjamin Klein, 1962 September 25 to 16 July 1963.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Otto Laporte, 1964 January 29 and 31.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with P. A. M. Dirac, 1962 April 1, 1963 May 6, 7, 10 and 14.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with P. M. S. Blackett, 1962 December 17.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Paul Peter Ewald, 1968 May 17 and 24.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Peter J. W. Debye, 1962 May 3 and 4.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Peter J. W. Debye, 1965 December 22 to 16 June 1966.

Carl A. Kroch Library. Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections

Cornell University

2B Carl A Kroch Library, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Oral history interview with Philipp Frank, 1962 July 16.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with René Auguste Lucas, 1963 January 10.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Sir Rudolf Ernst Peierls, 1963 June 17 and 18.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Vladimir Aleksandrovich Fok, 1967 October 11.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Walter Heitler, 1963 March 18 and 19.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Ralph Vinton Lyon Hartley papers, 1920-1970.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

V. A. Fok papers, 1919-1974.

St. Petersburg Branch. Archive

Russian Academy of Sciences

Universitetskaia hab., 1, Korp. 2, St. Petersburg 199034

W. Wilson papers, 1910-1957; 1960-1985.

Royal Holloway College Library

University College of London

Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey, England UK

Wladyslaw Natanson correspondence, 1884-1937.

Dept. of Manuscripts

Biblioteka Jagiellonska.

A. Mickiewicza 22, 30-059 Cracow

Wolfgang Pauli letters.

Bibliothek

Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich

ETH Zentrum, CH-8092 Zurich, Switzerland

Published Resources

Author

... Continu et discontinu en physique moderne.

An introduction to the study of wave mechanics/ by Louis de Broglie ...; translated from the French by H.T. Flint ...; with fourteen diagrams.

De la mécanique ondulatoire à la théorie du noyau.

Die Elementarteilchen, Individualität und Wechselwirkung.

Discours de réception de M. le prince Louis-Victor de Broglie à l'Académie française et réponse de M. le duc de Broglie.

Diverses questions de mécanique et de thermodynamique classiques et relativistes/ Louis de Broglie, edition établie d'après un manuscrit inédit de Louis de Broglie, édité et préfacé par Georges Lochak, Michel Karatchentzeff et Daniel Fargue, Fondation Louis de Broglie.

Einführung in die Wellenmechanik/ Ubersetzt von Rudolf Peierls.

Einstein/ Louis de Broglie, Louis Armand, Pierre-Henri Simon et al.

Éléments de théorie des quanta et de mécanique ondulatoire.

Étude critique des bases de l'interprétation actuelle de la mécanique ondulatoire/ L. de Broglie.

Introduction à la physique des rayons X et gamma/ par MM. Maurice de Broglie ... [et] Louis de Broglie…

Introduction to the Vigier theory of elementary particles/ with a chapter by Jean-Pierre Vigier. Translated by Arthur J. Knodel.

Jalons pour une nouvelle microphysique: exposé d'ensemble sur l'interprétation de la mécanique ondulatoire/ Louis de Broglie.

La découverte des ondes de matière: colloque/ organisé à l'occasion du centenaire de la naissance de Louis de Broglie, 16-17 juin 1992

La mecanique ondulatoire des systemes de corpuscules.

La mécanique ondulatoire du photon: une nouvelle théorie de la lumière…

La physique nouvelle et les quanta.

La physique quantique restera-t-elle indéterministe?/ Exposé du problème, suivi de la reproduction de certains documents et d'une contribution de Jean-Pierre Vigier.

La théorie de la mesure en mécanique ondulatoire; interprétation usuelle et interprétation causale.

La theorie des particules de spin 1/2: electrons de Dirac.

Le principe de correspondance et les interactions entre la matière et le rayonnement/ par Louis De Broglie.

L'électron magnétique (théorie de Dirac) [microform]/ par Louis de Broglie.

Louis de Broglie, physicien et penseur.

Matière et Lumière/ Louis de Broglie.

Mécanique ondulatoire du photon et théorie quantique des champs.

New perspectives in physics/ translated by A.J. Pomerans.

Non-linear wave mechanics, a causal interpretation; translated by Arthur J. Knodel and Jack C. Miller.

Notice sur la vie et l'oeuvre de Hendrik Antoon Lorentz. Lecture faite en le séance annuelle des prix du 10 décembre 1951.

Nouvelles perspectives en microphysique.

Nouvelles recherches sur la lumière.

Ondes et mouvements/ par L. de Broglie.

Ondes, corpuscles, mécanique ondulatoire.

Optique électronique et corpusculaire.

Physics and microphysics/ translated by Martin Davidson; with a foreword by A. Einstein.

Quantum, space, and time--the quest continues: studies and essays in honour of Louis de Broglie, Paul Dirac, and Eugene Wigner/ edited by Asim O. Barut, Alwyn van der Merwe, Jean-Pierre Vigier.

Recherches sur la theorie des quanta.

Recueil d'exposés sur les ondes et corpuscules, par Louis de Broglie.

Selected papers on wave mechanics/ by Louis de Broglie and Léon Brillouin; authorized translation by Winifred M. Deans.

Sur la théorie du rayonnement/ M.C.G. Darwin, Eugène Neculcea; dir. de publication Louis de Broglie.

The current interpretation of wave mechanics, a critical study, by Louis de Broglie. With a chapter by J. Andrade e Silva. Translated by Express Translation Service.

The revolution in physics: a non-mathematical survey of quanta [microform]/ translated by Ralph W. Niemeyer.

The Wave-particle dualism: a tribute to Louis de Broglie on his 90th birthday/ edited by S. Diner ... [et al.].

Théorie de la quantification dans la nouvelle mécanique/ par Louis de Broglie…

Théorie générale des particules à spin (méthode de fusion)/ par Louis de Broglie.

Une nouvelle conception de la lumière/ par Louis de Broglie.

Une tentative d'interprétation causale et non linéaire de la mécanique ondulatoire (la théorie de la double solution).

Untersuchungen zur quantentheorie/ von Louis de Broglie (Annales de physique 10, III); Übersetzt von dr. Walther Becker; Mit 6 abbildungen.

Wave mechanics; the first fifty years. A tribute to Professor Louis de Broglie, Nobel laureate, on the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the wave nature of the electron. Edited by William C. Price, Seymour S. Chissick [and] Tom Ravensdale.

Subject

Conséquences de la relativité dans de développement de la mécanique ondulatoire/ par Louis de Broglie.

Encyclopaedia Britannica Louis de Broglie French Physicist

L'avenir de la science/ Louis de Broglie, André Thérive, Raymond Charmet, Pierre Devaux, Daniel-Rops, A. D. Sertillanges.

Louis de Broglie und die Entdeckung der Materiewellen.

Louis de Broglie, sa conception du monde physique; le passé et l'avenir de la mécanique ondulatoire, par A. George [et al.] Préf. de Maurice Druon.

Nobel Prize Louis de Broglie biography.