Alexander Behm

Physicist, Deceased Person

1880 – 1952

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Who was Alexander Behm?

Alexander Behm was a German physicist.

As head of a research laboratory in Vienna he conducted experiments concerning the propagation of sound. He tried to develop an iceberg detection system using reflected sound waves after the Titanic disaster on 15 April 1912. In the end reflected sound waves proved not to be suitable for the detection of icebergs but for measuring the depth of the sea, because the bottom of the sea reflected them well. Thus, echo sounding was born.

Behm was granted German patent No. 282009 for the invention of echo sounding on 22 July 1913.

In 1920 he founded the Behm Echo Sounding Company in Kiel in order to commercialise his invention. He was also a fanatic angler and an inventor of fishing tackle, like Behm-Fliege and Behm-Blinker.

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Born
Nov 11, 1880
Sternberg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern
Nationality
  • Germany
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Died
Jan 22, 1952
Tarp, Germany

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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