Since 1929, the Max Planck medal was the highest award of the German Physical Society for extraordinary achievements in theoretical physics. Its first recipient was Albert Einstein on June 28, 1929.
The German theoretical physicist Max Planck contributed largely to the understanding of Quantum mechanics in physics and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918.
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Albert Einstein receiving the Max Planck Medal from Max Planck, Leo Baeck Institute, F 5335F.