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Max Planck’s discovery of Planck’s constant in 1900 laid the foundations for investigating the laws of the micro-world and opened up a new field of research to physics beyond that of traditional mechanics. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for his achievement in 1918. Berlin-Dahlem also became a centre for the new branch of physics.

Max Planck at the Harnack House

Max Planck’s discovery of Planck’s constant in 1900 laid the foundations for investigating the laws of the micro-world and opened up a new field of research to physics beyond that of traditional mechanics. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for his achievement in 1918. Berlin-Dahlem also became a centre for the new branch of physics.

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The lobby has borne Max Planck’s name since the renovation in 2014. Until then it was called the Bismarck Hall. The “Vereinigte Stahlwerke”, one of the world’s leading companies in the coal and steel industry during the 1920s, made a donation for the room’s interior décor and chose the name to pay tribute to Otto von Bismarck (1815 – 1898), the “Iron Chancellor” and the first German Chancellor of the Reich. A commemorative plaque for Bismarck and the donors’ plaque can still be found at the southern end of the room.
 

The Planck Lobby

 

The lobby has borne Max Planck’s name since the renovation in 2014. Until then it was called the Bismarck Hall. The “Vereinigte Stahlwerke”, one of the world’s leading companies in the coal and steel industry during the 1920s, made a donation for the room’s interior décor and chose the name to pay tribute to Otto von Bismarck (1815 – 1898), the “Iron Chancellor” and the first German Chancellor of the Reich. A commemorative plaque for Bismarck and the donors’ plaque can still be found at the southern end of the room.

 

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