Ferencz Jüttner

1878 to 1958

Ferencz Juttner, signature, 1930, University of Breslau

Physicist Ferencz Jüttner carried out his doctoral studies under the guidance of Max Planck in Berlin.

Ferencz Jüttner, 1930-1931, University of Breslau handbook

He is known for having derived the relativistic modification of the Maxwell distribution law for molecules of a perfect gas: in the velocity distribution for a gas, none of its components exceeds the speed of light – the Maxwell-Jüttner distribution.

Ferencz Jüttner, 1930-1931, University of Breslau handbook

I have been unable to find out very much about Jüttner’s life, but have consulted the staff list for Breslau university for 1941/1942; as he was still teaching at the university at this point, he was clearly neither Jewish nor otherwise out of favour with the National Socialist regime. As such, he would have sworn the Civil Service Oath of Loyalty to the ‘Third Reich’ government and its leader in 1933.

In 1935-1936, the last year in which Werner Weissenberg was a student at Breslau, Jüttner was teaching mechanics and general physics.

Ferencz Jüttner, 1935-1936, University of Breslau handbook

Here, Jüttner, doctor of philosophy (20.12.1928), is shown to have been based at Friesenstraße 33, teaching theoretical physics. The street is shown in the map extract below.

Friesen Straße, Breslau, 1930
Ferencz Jüttner, 1935-1936, University of Breslau handbook

All black and white extracts on this page are from the 'Vorlesungs und Personal Verzeichnis der Schlesischen Friedrich Wilhelms Universität zu Breslau Winter Semester 1930/1931', and the equivalent handbook for 1935-1936, available online at the University of Wrocław.

The map extract is from the excellent fotopolska.eu website.