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Max Theodor Felix von Laue (German: [maks fɔn ˈlaʊ̯ə] ; 9 October 1879 – 24 April 1960) was a German physicist who received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1914 for his discovery of the diffraction of X-rays by crystals.[2]

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Max Theodor Felix Laue

(1879-10-09)9 October 1879
Died24 April 1960(1960-04-24) (aged 80)
Alma materUniversity of Strasbourg
University of Göttingen
University of Munich
University of Berlin
Known forX-ray diffraction
Laue equations
ChildrenTheodore Hermann von Laue[1]
AwardsNobel Prize for Physics (1914)
Matteucci Medal (1914)
Max Planck Medal (1932)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Zürich
University of Frankfurt
University of Berlin
Max Planck Institute
Doctoral advisorMax Planck
Arnold Sommerfeld
Doctoral studentsLeó Szilárd
Friedrich Beck
Gert Molière
Other notable studentsFritz London

In addition to his scientific endeavors with contributions in optics, crystallography, quantum theory, superconductivity, and the theory of relativity, Laue had a number of administrative positions which advanced and guided German scientific research and development during four decades. A strong objector to Nazism, he was instrumental in re-establishing and organizing German science after World War II.

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