Erwin Schrödinger was an Austrian physicist who lived through two World Wars, held positions at many of the finest universities of twentieth century Europe and was responsible for some of that period’s most advanced theoretical thinking.
Schrödinger was a pupil of Franz S. Exner and Friedrich Hasenöhrl, both respected thinkers in their own rights. He was a contemporary of Max Planck and Niels Bohr and a colleague and correspondent of Albert Einstein. Schrödinger’s equation significantly expanded the field of quantum physics and placed him as the father of wave mechanics with its original interpretation of quantum systems. Meanwhile, Erwin’s feline thought experiment – known as Schrödinger’s Cat – has entered modern parlance and given him a modicum of posthumous fame outside of the scientific community.