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Walter Gordon
Born August 13, 1893
Apolda, Germany
Died December 24, 1939
Stockholm, Sweden
Residence Sweden
Nationality German
Ethnicity Jewish
Fields Physicist
Institutions Berlin
Alma mater Humboldt University of Berlin
University of Hamburg
Doctoral advisor Max Planck
Known for Klein-Gordon equation

Walter Gordon (b. August 13, 1893 - d. December 24, 1939) was a German theoretical physicist.



Walter Gordon was the son of businessman Arnold Gordon and his wife Bianca Gordon (nee Brann).[1] The family moved to Switzerland in his early years. In 1900 he attended school in St. Gallen and in 1915 he began his studies of mathematics and physics at University of Berlin.[2] He received his doctoral degree in 1921 from Max Planck. In 1922, while still at the University of Berlin, Gordon became the assistant of Max von Laue. In 1925, he worked for some months in Manchester with William Lawrence Bragg and later, at the Kaiser Wilhelm Society for fiber chemistry in Berlin. In 1926 he moved to Hamburg, where he attained the habilitation in 1929. In 1930 he became a professor. He married a local Hamburg woman, Gertrud Lobbenberg, in 1932.[1] He moved to Stockholm in 1933 because of the political situation in Germany. While at the university he worked on mechanics and mathematical physics.

Notable works

Oskar Klein and Walter Gordon proposed the Klein-Gordon equation to describe quantum particles in the framework of relativity.


Further Reading

  • Poggendorff, J.C. (Hrsg.): J.C. Poggendorffs biographisch-literarisches Handwörterbuch. Bd. VI (1923-1931). Berlin: Verlag Chemie GmbH, 1936.
  • Bebus, Allen G.: World Whos Who in Science. Hanibal, Missouri: Western Publishing Company, 1968.
  • Ullmann, Dieter: Ein Bild des Quantenphysikers Walter Gordon. Apoldaer Heimat 14(1996) 39


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