How Erwin Schrödinger indulged his ‘Lolita complex’ in Ireland

Nobel Prize-winning physicist, who spent 17 years in Ireland, was a serial groomer of girls

Erwin Schrödinger: “He kept a record of his conquests in personal diaries . . . and explained his predilection for teenage girls on the grounds that their innocence was the ideal match for his natural genius.”  Photograph: Getty

Erwin Schrödinger: “He kept a record of his conquests in personal diaries . . . and explained his predilection for teenage girls on the grounds that their innocence was the ideal match for his natural genius.” Photograph: Getty

Several years ago Bernard Biggar was doing family tree research online when he came across a reference to his mother which stopped him in his tracks.

He knew his grand-uncle, the mathematician Msgr Pádraig de Brún, had been a friend of Erwin Schrödinger – the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who became an Irish citizen in 1948 during a 17-year stay here. Walter Moore’s biography of Schrödinger detailed how the Irish priest and the Austrian scientist became good friends but one passage about a holiday get-together at Msgr de Brún’s home on the Dingle Peninsula left Biggar shocked:

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