Hermann (Helmholtz) von Helmholtz

Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand (Helmholtz) von Helmholtz (1821 - 1894)

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Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand (Hermann) von Helmholtz formerly Helmholtz
Born in Potsdam, Königreich Preußen, Deutscher Bundmap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married 16 May 1861 [location unknown]
Died in Charlottenburg, Königreich Preußen, Deutsches Reichmap
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Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand was born in 1821 in Potsdam. He was the son of August Ferdinand Julius Helmholtz and Caroline Penne. He married Olga von Velten, 26 Aug 1849 in Dahlem near Berlin.[1] After her death in 1859[2] he married Anna von Mohl, 16 May 1861 in Heidelberg.[3] The German Emperor Wilhelm I awarded Helmholtz on January 27, 1883 hereditary Prussian nobility by letter patent.[4] He died in 1894 in Charlottenburg.
Helmholtz was a physician and a renowned scientist in the fields of physics and physiology. Among other breakthroughs he was instrumental in establishing the Young-Helmholtz theory of trichromatic color vision. In physics he is responsible for the partial differential equation Δφ+k²φ=0, also known as Helmholtz equation.[5] The largest German association of research institutions, the Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft Deutscher Forschungszentren, is named after him.[6]


  1. Hermann von Helmholtz, Leo Koenigsberger, Clarendon Press, 1906, chap. VI, p. 61
  2. Hermann von Helmholtz, Leo Koenigsberger, Clarendon Press, 1906, chap. VIII, p. 185
  3. Hermann von Helmholtz, Leo Koenigsberger, Clarendon Press, 1906, chap. VIII, p. 200
  4. Geheimes Staatsarchiv Preußischer Kulturbesitz: I. HA Rep. 176 VI H Nr. 144, Bl. 15-16v (Königliches Herolds-Amt. Berlin, 27. Januar 1883, Adels-Brief) in Zum Tod des Physiologen und Physikers Hermann von Helmholtz, Franz Werner, Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg, 2010, p. 2
  5. "Helmholtz, Hermann von", Gerlach, Walther in: Neue Deutsche Biographie 8 (1969), S. 498-501 [Online-Version]
  6. Helmholtz

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On 8 Sep 2019 at 09:26 GMT Jelena Eckstädt wrote:

Von Helmholtz-1 and Helmholtz-15 appear to represent the same person because: Jemand hat ein Profil für Helmholtz auf Basis des englischen Wikipedia-Artikels gemacht. Da steht nicht drin, dass das "von" erst spät ergänzt wurde.

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