Carl Zeiss was born in the town of Weimar in 1816. September 11, 2016 marked his 200th birthday. The mechanic opened a small workshop for precision mechanics and optics in Jena in 1846, laying the foundation for today’s global technology player ZEISS. “Without these achievements and the intellectual legacy of its founding father, ZEISS would not be as successful as it is today,” says Dr. Michael Kaschke, President and CEO of Carl Zeiss AG.
This year the company will celebrated the 200th birthday of its founder with many different activities and events. A biography of Carl Zeiss was published in May, and starting in September an exhibition on the visionary entrepreneur which will introduce visitors to his life and work. The highlight of the celebrations was Carl Zeiss Day in the city of Jena on September 11th.
On November 17, 1846 Carl Zeiss opened a small workshop for precision mechanics and optics in Jena. Zeiss began by designing, building and repairing physical instruments. He also sold telescopes, microscopes, drawing sets, scales, thermometers and additional instruments from other manufacturers. In 1847 he began producing simple microscopes, and from 1857 onwards he also built compound microscopes. In 1860 Zeiss was appointed university mechanic; in 1863 he assumed the post of court mechanic. 1866 saw the beginning of his collaboration with Ernst Abbe, and the two men worked together on producing microscope lenses based on a solid mathematical foundation. From 1872 only objective lenses produced in line with Abbe’s calculations were sold. The success of these lenses led to the company’s growth. Zeiss’ collaboration with Otto Schott, who developed and later produced new types of optical glass in Jena, commenced in 1879. Zeiss died in Jena on 3 December 1888.
A 1864 photo of the Zeiss workshop. 1864 was the last year of the American Civil War and Zeiss already been making optics for 18 years.
The guy that Schott Glass Work is name after. Schott was the one that developed new type optical glass for Zeiss. Today, Schott optical glass is still be best in the world and majority of the high-end optics are using Schott glass. Schott Glass Work is part of the ZEISS Group.
Zeiss logos then and now
To learn more about Carl Zeiss and his historical achievements, please visit http://www.zeiss.com/corporate/en_de/zeiss-corporate-newsroom/press-kits/press-kit-carl-zeiss-200.htm
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