Erwin Schrodinger. Historical portrait of Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger (1887-1961), around 1933. Schrodinger published a series of papers in 1926 that founded the science of quantum wave mechanics. His wave equation described the wave- like dual behaviour of particles, and correctly predicted the electron distribution of the hydrogen atom. He shared the Physics Nobel Prize with Dirac in 1933. He was Physics Professor at Berlin University from 1927-1933, eventually settling in Ireland and retiring to Austria in 1956.