Wolfgang Ernst Pauli was born on April 25, 1900, in Vienna, Austria. His father, Wolfgang Joseph Pauli, was a chemist and his mother was Bertha Camilla Schutz. Pauli's middle name came from his godfather, who was the famous physicist Ernst Mach. One can almost say that with this kind of company, he was destined for a great career involving science. Pauli's grandparents came from Prague and were from prominent Jewish families; his great grandfather was Wolf Pascheles, a great Hebrew publisher.