Max von Laue receives the Helmholtz Medal, from the East Berlin Academy of Sciences.

Max von Laue is knighted in the Order Pour le Mérite.

Max von Laue is Professor of Physics at the University of Berlin.

Max von Laue studies at the University of Göttingen, where he is influenced by Woldemar Voigt, Max Abraham, and David Hilbert.

Max von Laue retires and celebrates his following birthday, in 1959, in Berlin-Dahlem, where he actively worked for another six months

Max von Laue is born in Pfaffendorf (in modern Koblenz, but then part of the Kingdom of Prussia) to Julius Laue and Minna Zerrenner. His father was an official in the German military administration, raised to nobility in 1913, and forced by his profession to lead an itinerant life, thanks to which Max von Laue grew up in several different cities of the German Empire.

Max von Laue passes his Abitur in Strassburg (Strasbourg), and has to fulfill his compulsory year of military service.

Max von Laue lives in custody in England, where he writes on the low absorption of X-rays during diffraction, which becomes his contribution to the International Union of Crystallographers two years later, at Harvard University.

Max von Laue begins his studies in mathematics, physics, and chemistry at the University of Strassburg (Strasbourg).

Max von Laue works at the University of Würzburg on high vacuum tubes for telephony and wireless communication during the war.

Max von Laue receives the Gand Cross with Star for Federal Services.

Max von Laue studies at the Friedrich-Wilhelms-University of Berlin (now Humboldt), under the supervision of Max Planck. Here, he attends lectures by Otto Lummer on heart radiation and interference phenomena in plane-parallel plates, on which Max von Laue writes his doctoral thesis presented in 1903.

Max von Laue, after obtaining his doctoral degree, moves back to Göttingen, to continue his research.

Max von Laue marries Magdalena Degen, with whom he has two children.

Max von Laue completes his Habilitation under the supervision of Arnold Sommerfeld at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich.

Max von Laue wins the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of the diffraction of X-rays by crystals.

Max von Laue returns to the University of Göttingen as Titular Professor, and to become Acting Director of the Max Planck Institute.

Max von Laue is awarded the Matteucci Medal.

Max von Laue becomes consultant to the Physikalisch-Technische Reichsanstalt at Berling-Charlottenburg.

Max von Laue lives in Hechingen and refuses to work on the Nazi program for nuclear weapons. As a distraction from the concerns of war, writes a “History of Physics”. Despite his innocence, after the arrival of the French troops (23 of April 1945), which he welcomes, von Laue is taken in custody to Farm Hill, in England, with other scientists by an Anglo-American post-war mission. The mission, called Operation Alsos, is in charge of the investigation on German nuclear activity and is led by Samuel Goudsmit.

Max von Laue is Privatdozent at the Institute of Theoretical Physics, at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, working for Arnold Sommerfeld. Here he lectures on optics, thermodynamics and the theory of relativity.

Max von Laue is becomes assistant to Max Planck at the Institute for Theoretical Physics in Berlin, where he works on the application of entropy to radiation fields and on the thermodynamic significance of the coherence of light waves. He also begins his teaching career as Privatdozent. Here he meets Albert Einstein for the first time, with whom he becomes friends.

Max von Laue studies at the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, for only one semester.

Max von Laue is Professor of Physics at the University of Frankfurt on Main.

Max von Laue is knighted Officer of the Legion of Honour of France.

Max von Laue is elected Director of the Fritz Haber Institute for Physical Chemistry at Berlin-Dahlem, where he works on X-ray optics with Borrmann and others.

Max von Laue serves as Second Director of the Institute of Physics at Berlin-Dahlem, with Albert Einstein as Director. After the bombing of Berlin, the Institute moved to Hechingen, in Württemberg, and von Laue followed.

Max von Laue dies in a car accident in Berlin.

Max von Laue becomes Professor of Physics at the University of Zürich.

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