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EPS Historic Sites - Hotel Metropole Brussels

From 30 October to 3 November 1911, the Hotel Metropole was the venue of the Solvay Council, dedicated to what soon would be called “The Theory of Radiation and the Quanta”.

This was the first of a series of meetings, called “Solvay Conferences”, named after Ernest Solvay, a wealthy Belgian industrialist and scientific philanthropist, who issued the invitations to this first meeting.

This was a time when the foundations of physics were being shaken by the emergence of the quantum theory. The participants were 23 eminent scientists including Einstein, Kamerlingh Onnes, Lorentz, Nernst, Perrin, Planck, Poincaré, Rutherford, Skłodowska-Curie, Sommerfeld and Wien.

Their insights and exchange of ideas had a profound influence on the development of physics and chemistry in the twentieth century.



 

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In 1911, the Hotel was the venue of the Solvay Council, dedicated to what soon would be called “The Theory of Radiation & the Quanta”.

 

 

Christophe Rossel and Jef Ongena, after unveiling of the EPS Historic Site plaque. It is now prominently located on top of the historic picture of the 1911 participants in the lobby of Hotel Metropole.




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