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today’s birthday: Wilhelm Wien (1864)

Wilhelm Wien (1864)

German physicist Wilhelm Wien is noted for his work on hydrodynamics, X-rays, and the radiation of light, but it was his work on blackbody radiation that set him apart in the field. In 1893, he derived a law that relates the maximum emission of a blackbody to its temperature. In 1911, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in recognition of his “discoveries regarding the laws governing the radiation of heat.” His work contributed significantly to the development of what branch of physics? More… Discuss