Heisenberg, Werner

Werner Heisenberg, German theoretical physicist, 1901-1976

Werner Karl Heisenberg was a German theoretical physicist and one of the key pioneers of quantum mechanics. He published his work in 1925 in a breakthrough paper. In the subsequent series of papers with Max Born and Pascual Jordan, during the same year, this matrix formulation of quantum mechanics was substantially elaborated. He is known for the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, which he published in 1927, and was awarded the 1932 Nobel Prize in Physics. He was a principal scientist in the German nuclear weapons program during World War II. He was later appointed director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute for Physics, which soon thereafter was renamed the Max Planck Institute for Physics.