Dr. Oscar Troplowitz

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Dr. Oscar Troplowitz

Also Known As: "Oskar"
Birthplace: Gleiwitz, Silesia, Germany
Death: April 27, 1918 (55)
Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany
Immediate Family:

Son of Simon Ludwig Louis Troplowitz and Agnes Troplowitz
Husband of Gertrud Troplowitz
Brother of Sophie Pulvermacher

Occupation: Unternehmer in Hamburg
Managed by: Simon Goodman
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About Dr. Oscar Troplowitz

Portrait of Oscar Troplowitz by Franz Nölken, 1916 (fragment)

Oscar Troplowitz (January 18, 1863, Gleiwitz, Prussia (now Gliwice, Poland) – April 27, 1918, Hamburg) was a German pharmacist and entrepreneur.

In 1890 he purchased Beiersdorf AG, which at the time was a chemist's shop and laboratory in Hamburg run by Paul Carl Beiersdorf (1836-1896). Soon afterwards, Troplowitz expanded the company into selling brand-name merchandise as well.

Under Troplowitz's ownership, the company developed several of its own products, including Nivea, Leukoplast, Labello, and a pressure-sensitive tape that would later be known as "Tesafilm". As did Paul Beiersdorf, Troplowitz maintained a close business relationship with dermatologist Paul Gerson Unna (1850–1929). It was from a recommendation by Unna, that Troplowitz hire Isaak Lifschütz, a chemist who was the discoverer of the emulsifying agent Eucerit, the main ingredient in Nivea, a brand which he acquired in 1911 from French company Guerlain.

Troplowitz made several reforms in regards to worker benefits at Beiersdorf, such as paid vacations, maternity leave, and a 48-hour work week.

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January 18, 1863
Gleiwitz, Silesia, Germany
April 27, 1918
Age 55
Hamburg, Hamburg, Germany