Hermann von Helmholtz

Physicist, Academic

1821 – 1894

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Who was Hermann von Helmholtz?

Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz was a German physician and physicist who made significant contributions to several widely varied areas of modern science. In physiology and psychology, he is known for his mathematics of the eye, theories of vision, ideas on the visual perception of space, color vision research, and on the sensation of tone, perception of sound, and empiricism. In physics, he is known for his theories on the conservation of energy, work in electrodynamics, chemical thermodynamics, and on a mechanical foundation of thermodynamics. As a philosopher, he is known for his philosophy of science, ideas on the relation between the laws of perception and the laws of nature, the science of aesthetics, and ideas on the civilizing power of science. The largest German association of research institutions, the Helmholtz Association, is named after him.

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Born
Aug 31, 1821
Potsdam
Also known as
  • Hermann Helmholtz
  • Dr. Hermann von Helmholtz
Nationality
  • Germany
Profession
Education
  • Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg
  • University of Königsberg
Employment
  • Humboldt University of Berlin
  • Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg
  • University of Bonn
Lived in
  • Germany
  • Potsdam
Died
Sep 8, 1894
Charlottenburg

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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