Who is Philipp Frank?

Who is Philipp Frank?

June 26, 2021 Off By Felso

Austrian physicist, mathematician and philosopher.

Philipp Frank was born on March 20, 1884, in Vienna, the capital of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Having studied physics at the University of Vienna, Frank completed his doctorate in theoretical physics at the same university in 1907 under the supervision of Ludwig Boltzmann. Albert Einstein proposed Frank as his successor at Charles University in Prague, where he stayed from 1912 to 1938.

Immigrated to the United States to teach as a lecturer in physics and mathematics at Harvard University, Frank founded the Science Association Institute in 1947 as part of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Frank, who researched and produced works in many branches of philosophy of science, became a member of the Vienna Circle as a logical positivist. He was influenced by Ernst Mach and took place as one of the criticized Machists in “Materialism and Empiriocriticism” by Vladimir Lenin.

Frank died on July 21, 1966 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA, at the age of 82.

Prepared by: Sociologist Ömer YILDIRIM
Source: Omer YILDIRIM’s Personal Lecture Notes. Atatürk University Sociology Department 1st Year “Introduction to Philosophy” and 2nd, 3rd, 4th Grade “History of Philosophy” Lecture Notes (Ömer YILDIRIM); Open Education Philosophy Textbook