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Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz

Birthdate: (73)
Birthplace: Potsdam, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany
Death: September 8, 1894 (73)
Charlottenburg, Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Immediate Family:

Son of Ferdinand von Helmholtz and Karoline von Helmholtz
Husband of Anna von Helmholtz
Father of Robert von Helmholtz; Ellen Ida Elisabeth Von Siemens and Friedrich Julius Von Helmholtz
Brother of Otto von Helmholtz

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About Hermann von Helmholtz


Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz (August 31, 1821 – September 8, 1894) 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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Hermann von Helmholtz's Timeline

August 31, 1821
Potsdam, Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany
Age 40
Berlin, Germany
April 24, 1864
Age 42
Berlin, Berlin, Germany
Age 46
September 8, 1894
Age 73
Charlottenburg, Berlin, Berlin, Germany