Hertz, Heinrich Rudolf

BORN 22 Feb 1857, Hamburg - DIED 1 Jan 1894, Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen
CAUSE OF DEATH wegener's granulomatosis
GRAVE LOCATION Hamburg: Friedhof Ohlsdorf, Fühlsbüttler Strasse 756 (Q24, Q25 (53-58))

Son of the author Gustav Ferdinand Hertz. He studied in Hamburg, Dresden, Munich and Berlin. In 1883 he became a lecturer at the University of Kiel.

In 1885 he became a full professor in Karlsruhe and there he discovered electromagnetic waves. They were foreseen by Maxwell, whose theory had been published in 1865. Heintz successfully detected them in 1886. In 1887 he experimented with radio waves in his laboratory.

In 1892 he suffered from severe migraine, caused by an infection. He was operated several times, but on 1 Jan 1894 he died in Bonn. He was buried in the family grave in Hamburg. He left a widow, Elizabeth Doll, and two daughters.


The grave of Heinrich Rudolf Hertz at the Ohlsdorfer Friedhof in Hamburg.
Picture by Androom (20 Aug 2011)


• Aubert, Joachim, Handbuch der Grabstätten berühmten Deutscher, Österreicher und Schweizer, Deutscher Kunstverlag, München, 1973
De Complete Encyclopedie, Lekturama
Winkler Prins Encyclopedie (editie 1909), 1909
Wikipedia (EN): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heinrich_Hertz

Hertz, Henriette

Published: 09 Oct 2011
Last update: 08 Mar 2022