Carl Zeiss

1816 - 1888

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Carl Zeiss (German: [kaʁl ˈtsaɪs]; 11 September 1816 – 3 December 1888) was a German scientific instrument maker, optician and businessman. In 1846 he founded his workshop, which is still in business as Carl Zeiss AG. Zeiss gathered a group of gifted practical and theoretical opticians and glass makers to reshape most aspects of optical instrument production. His collaboration with Ernst Abbe revolutionized optical theory and practical design of microscopes. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Carl Zeiss has received more than 597,941 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). Carl Zeiss is the 89th most popular physicist (down from 74th in 2019), the 288th most popular biography from Germany (down from 277th in 2019) and the 13th most popular German Physicist.

Carl Zeiss is a company that manufactures optical instruments. Carl Zeiss is most famous for their high-quality lenses, which are used in cameras, microscopes, and eyeglasses.

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Among physicists, Carl Zeiss ranks 89 out of 851Before him are John Bardeen, Hans Bethe, Victor Francis Hess, Albert A. Michelson, Jean Baptiste Perrin, and Clinton Davisson. After him are Wilhelm Eduard Weber, Ernst Ruska, Leo Szilard, Peter Higgs, Emil Lenz, and Gustaf Dalén.

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Among people born in 1816, Carl Zeiss ranks 3Before him are Charlotte Brontë, and Werner von Siemens. After him are Arthur de Gobineau, Eugène Edine Pottier, Maria Theresa of Austria, Paul Reuter, Ferdinand II of Portugal, Abbas I of Egypt, Carl Ludwig, Franz Sacher, and John Frederick Kensett. Among people deceased in 1888, Carl Zeiss ranks 5Before him are William I, German Emperor, John Bosco, Frederick III, German Emperor, and Rudolf Clausius. After him are John Stith Pemberton, Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria, Louisa May Alcott, Nikolay Przhevalsky, Charles-Valentin Alkan, Anton Mauve, and François Achille Bazaine.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, Carl Zeiss ranks 288 out of 7,253Before him are Klaus Barbie (1913), Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1945), Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg (1868), Frederick V of the Palatinate (1596), Maria Sibylla Merian (1647), and Irma Grese (1923). After him are Wilhelm Eduard Weber (1804), Ernst Ruska (1906), Wilhelm Grimm (1786), Hans Memling (1435), Sophie Scholl (1921), and Martin Behaim (1459).

Among PHYSICISTS In Germany

Among physicists born in Germany, Carl Zeiss ranks 13Before him are Max Born (1882), Max von Laue (1879), Hermann von Helmholtz (1821), J. Hans D. Jensen (1907), Johannes Stark (1874), and Otto von Guericke (1602). After him are Wilhelm Eduard Weber (1804), Ernst Ruska (1906), Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787), James Franck (1882), Julius von Mayer (1814), and Arno Allan Penzias (1933).