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
  • Physicist
  • Developed optical instruments
  • Educated: Universities of Jena & G√∂ttingen

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?

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