Hertz, Gustav

BORN 22 Jul 1887, Hamburg - DIED 30 Oct 1975, Berlin
BIRTH NAME Hertz, Gustav Ludwig
GRAVE LOCATION Hamburg: Friedhof Ohlsdorf, Fühlsbüttler Strasse 756 (Q24, Q25 (53-58))

Gustav Herz studied in Göttingen (1906-907), Munich (1907-1908) and in Berlijn (1908-1911). From 1911 to 1914 he assisted Rubens at the University of Berlin. In 1919 he married Ellen Dihlmann (she died in 1941). In 1925 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics together with J. Franck for their work on inelastic collisions in gases, now known as the Franck-Hertz experiments.

In 1925 he became a professor at the University of Halle-Wittenburg and in 1928 he obtained a professorship in Berlin. As a jew he was forced to resign 1934 by the nazis. He worked several years for Siemens, but in 1945 he moved to the USSR, where he had his own research institute near Suchumi in Georgia. There he did research in the field of enrichment of uranium.

In 1955 he returned from the USSR and until 1967 he held a position at the Karl Marx University in Leipzig. He died in 1975 in Berlin and was buried at the family grave in Hamburg.


The grave of Gustav Herz at the Ohlsdorfer Friedhof in Hamburg.
Picture by Androom (20 Aug 2011)


De Complete Encyclopedie, Lekturama
Alle Nobelprijswinnars, Het Spectrum, Utrecht, 1983
Wikipedia (EN): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustav_Ludwig_Hertz

Hertz, Heinrich Rudolf

Published: 09 Oct 2011
Last update: 08 Mar 2022