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Otto Lehmann

Otto Lehmann (January 13, 1855 in Konstanz, Germany – June 17, 1922 in Karlsruhe) was a German physicist and "father" of liquid crystal technology.


Between 1872 and 1877, Lehmann studied natural sciences at the University of Strassburg and made Ph.D. under Paul Groth. Initially becoming a school teacher for physics, mathematics and chemistry in Mülhausen (Alsace-Lorraine), he started university teaching at the RWTH Aachen University in 1883. In 1889, he succeeded Heinrich Hertz as head of the Institute of Physics in Karlsruhe.

Lehmann was a nominee for a Nobel Prize during ten years (1913-1922), but was never awarded one.


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