Karl Schwarzschild

German physicist, astronomer and Mathematician

Karl Schwarzschild (9 October 1873 – 11 May 1916) was a German physicist and astronomer.

Karl Schwarzschild
Karl Schwarzschild (1873–1916)
Born(1873-10-09)9 October 1873
Died11 May 1916(1916-05-11) (aged 42)[1]:xix
Potsdam, German Empire
Alma materLudwig Maximilian University of Munich
Spouse(s)Else Rosenbach
Scientific career
Doctoral advisorHugo von Seeliger
InfluencedMartin Schwarzschild
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Best known for his solution to Einstein's equations of general relativity, which describes a the gravitational field outside a non-rotating black hole with no magnetic field.

The equation describes how a particle moves space near this black hole (using spherical coordinates).

ds is the path it follows
dt is the change in time
dr is the change in radius
d and d are the change in angle
is also the angle
is the set radius limit of the heavy object
r is how close the travelling object is to the heavy object
c is the speed of light

This equation is also known as the Schwarzschild metric or Schwarzschild solution.[2]


  1. Biography of Karl Schwarzschild by Indranu Suhendro, The Abraham Zelmanov Journal, 2008, Volume 1.
  2. Czerniawski, Jan. [1], The possibility of a simple derivation of the Schwarzschild metric. Retrieved on 10 May, 2020.