Ernst Mach

Austrian Physicist and Philosopher

Ernst Mach was an Austrian physicist and philosopher, noted for his contributions to physics such as the Mach number and the study of shock waves. As a philosopher of science, he was a major influence on logical positivism and through his criticism of Newton, a forerunner of Einstein's relativity.… Read More

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1838 Birth Born in 1838.


1855 17 Years Old In 1855 he became a student at the University of Vienna. … Read More


1864 26 Years Old In 1864 he took a job as Professor of Mathematics at the University of Graz, having turned down the position of a chair in surgery at the University of Salzburg to do so, and in 1866 he was appointed as Professor of Physics. … Read More
1867 29 Years Old In 1867, he took the chair of Experimental Physics at the Charles University, Prague, where he stayed for 28 years before returning to Vienna. … Read More


1887 49 Years Old …  Mach and physicist-photographer Peter Salcher presented their paper on this subject in 1887; it correctly describes the sound effects observed during the supersonic motion of a projectile. … Read More


1895 57 Years Old From 1895 to 1901, Mach held a newly created chair for "the history and philosophy of the inductive sciences" at the University of Vienna. … Read More


1908 70 Years Old …  In 1908, Lenin wrote a philosophical work, Materialism and Empirio-criticism (published 1909), in which he criticized Machism and the views of "Russian Machists", Lenin also cited in this work the concept of: 'Ether', as the mean through which light waves propagated, and the concept of Time as an absolute. … Read More
1913 75 Years Old …  On leaving Vienna in 1913 he moved to his son's home in Vaterstetten, near Munich, where he continued writing and corresponding until his death in 1916, only one day after his 78th birthday.
1916 78 Years Old Died on February 19, 1916.
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