Ernst was a physicist who worked with Carl Zeiss and Otto Schott. They produced high quality optical instruments.
- Born: Eisenach — 23rdJanuary 1840
- Died: Jena — 14thJanuary 1905
- Developed optical instruments
- Educated: Universities of Jena & Göttingen
Carl Zeiss was a manufacturer who supplied the University of Jena with optical instruments. He recognised that he needed a physicist to undertake the elaborate calculations required to develop high quality optical instruments.
Otto Schott was the son of a glass manufacturer. He had been doing experiments with lithium glass, but then experimented with borate and phosphate glass to find a kind of glass with the optical properties needed for compound microscope lenses.
So who was he?