Fritz Reiche

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Fritz Reiche (July 4, 1883 – January 14, 1969) was a student of Max Planck and a colleague of Albert Einstein, who was active in, and made important contributions to the early development of quantum mechanics including co-authoring the Thomas-Reiche-Kuhn sum rule.[1]

From 1913 to 1920 as privatdozent he worked and taught under Planck in Berlin.[2] Reiche published more than 55 scientific papers and books including The Quantum Theory.[3][4]

He became a professor in 1921 at the University of Breslau and then was dismissed as a Jew from his academic position in 1933. Eventually, with the help of Ladenburg, Einstein, and the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars,[5][6] Reich emigrated with his family to the United States in 1941 and went on to work with NASA and the United States Navy on projects related to supersonic flow.[7]


  1. ^ Bederson, Benjamin (April 5, 2003). "Fritz Reiche and German Refugee Scientists". Speech Before American Physical Society, April Meeting, 2003. 2003: H8.004. Bibcode:2003APS..APR.H8004B.
  2. ^ "Fritz Reiche Dies; Was Theoretical Physicist". Physics Today. 22 (3): 119. March 1969. doi:10.1063/1.3035448.
  3. ^ Stone, M. H. (1933). "Review: The Quantum Theory by Fritz Reiche; trans. by H. S. Hatfield and Henry L. Brose" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 39 (11): 856–857. doi:10.1090/S0002-9904-1933-05747-6.
  4. ^ Phillips, H. B. (1922). "Review: Die Quantentheorie, ihr Ursprung und ihre Entwicklung by Fritz Reiche" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 28 (1): 69–70. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1922-03526-4.
  5. ^ Oral History Transcript — Dr. Fritz Reiche,
  6. ^ Bederson, Benjamin (December 2005), "Fritz Reiche and the Emergency Committee in Aid of Displaced Foreign Scholars", Physics in Perspective, 7 (4): 453–472, Bibcode:2005PhP.....7..453B, doi:10.1007/s00016-005-0245-3
  7. ^ "Finding Aid to the Fritz Reiche Papers, 1907-1998". American Institute of Physics. Retrieved 12 February 2010.

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