Hans Thirring

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Hans Thirring
Born (1888-03-23)March 23, 1888
Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Died March 22, 1976(1976-03-22) (aged 87)
Vienna, Austria
Nationality Austrian
Alma mater University of Vienna
Children Walter Thirring
Awards Haitinger Prize (1920)
Scientific career
Fields Theoretical physics
Institutions University of Vienna
Doctoral advisor Friedrich Hasenöhrl
Doctoral students Eugene Guth
Otto Halpern (de)
Julius Wess

Hans Thirring (March 23, 1888 – March 22, 1976) was an Austrian theoretical physicist, professor, and father of the physicist Walter Thirring. He won the Haitinger Prize of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in 1920.[1]

Together with the mathematician Josef Lense, he is known for the prediction of the Lense–Thirring frame dragging effect of general relativity in 1918.[2][3][4]

He received a deferment during World War I because he had broken one of his feet while skiing. He was a leading pacifist before the Anschluss and after World War II. But he could not save his older son, who was declared missing in action during the final two months of World War II. His body was never located.[2][3][4]

Hans Thirring served as assistant, professor, and head of the institute for theoretical physics of the University of Vienna until his forced retirement in 1938 after the Anschluss, the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany. After the end of World War II, he was reinstated and became dean of the philosophical faculty in the years 1946–1947. He was also active in the Socialist Party of Austria and served as member of the Federal Council of Austria during 1957–1963.


  1. ^ Dazinger, Walter (27 January 2014). "Preisträger" (PDF) (in German). Institut für Angewandte Synthesechemie, Vienna, Austria: Die Ignaz-Lieben-Gesellschaft Verein zur Förderung der Wissenschaftsgeschichte. p. 5. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Thirring, H. Über die Wirkung rotierender ferner Massen in der Einsteinschen Gravitationstheorie. Physikalische Zeitschrift 19, 33 (1918). (On the Effect of Rotating Distant Masses in Einstein's Theory of Gravitation)
  3. ^ a b Thirring, H. Berichtigung zu meiner Arbeit: "Über die Wirkung rotierender Massen in der Einsteinschen Gravitationstheorie". Physikalische Zeitschrift 22, 29 (1921). (Correction to my paper "On the Effect of Rotating Distant Masses in Einstein's Theory of Gravitation")
  4. ^ a b Lense, J. and Thirring, H. Über den Einfluss der Eigenrotation der Zentralkörper auf die Bewegung der Planeten und Monde nach der Einsteinschen Gravitationstheorie. Physikalische Zeitschrift 19 156-63 (1918) (On the Influence of the Proper Rotation of Central Bodies on the Motions of Planets and Moons According to Einstein's Theory of Gravitation)