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Johann Christian Doppler

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Born: November 29, 1803 in Salzburg, Austria
Died: March 17, 1853 in Venice, Italy


Christian Doppler was educated in Vienna and taught in Prague, Schemnitz and at the Polytechnic Institute in Vienna (precursor to today's Vienna University of Technology), where he became Professor of Practical Geometry in 1850. His main fields of research were mathematics and electricity.

Doppler is best known for his principle that describes changes in frequency of waves emitted by a source that moves with respect to the obserer. He stated this relationship in 1842 in Über das farbige Licht der Doppelsterne und einiger anderer Gestirne des Himmels (On the Coloured Light of Double Stars and Certain Other Stars of the Heavens) while working in Prague.

References:

  1. C.Doppler: Über das farbige Licht der Doppelsterne und einiger anderer Gestirne des Himmels, Abh.königl.böhm.Ges.Wiss. 2, 465-482, 1843.
  2. A.Schrötter: Bericht des Secretärs, Almanach d.kaiserl.Akad.Wiss. 4, 112-120, 1854 (Obituary).
  3. H.Grössnig: Christian Doppler (1803-1853), Vol.1, Böhlau Verlag, Vienna, 1992.
  4. P.Schuster: Christian Doppler (1803-1853), Vol.2, Böhlau Verlag, Vienna, 1992.
  5. A.Eden: The Search for Christian Doppler, Springer-Verlag, Vienna, 1992.

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