Ohm, Georg Simon

BORN 16 Mar 1789, Erlangen, Bayern - DIED 7 Jul 1854, München, Bayern
GRAVE LOCATION München, Bayern: Alte Südfriedhof, Thalkirchnerstrasse 17 (15-01-41)

George Simon Ohm was educated by his father who taught his sons mathematics, physics, chemistry and philosophy. In 1811 he received a doctorate from Erlangen University and he immediately started there as a math teacher.

From 1817 he spent nine years as a teacher at a Jesuit's college in Cologne where he experimented with electric circuits. It was there that he conducted his research on the electrochemical cell that was recently developed by Alessandro Volta (1742-1827). In 1826 he formulated the law that would be named after him.

When he published it in "Die galvanische Kette, mathematisch bearbeitet" (1827), it was dismissed his colleagues. He was forced to resign his position and lived in poor circumstances until he was appointed director of the Polytechnic Institute in Nürnberg in 1833, a position that he held until 1849.

In 1841 the Royal Society in London recognized his work and he was awarded the Copley medal. He had wanted to be a professor for many years and in 1849 he was finally appointed professor of Experimental Physics at the University of Munich.

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The grave of Georg Simon Ohm at the Alte Südfriedhof, Munich.
Picture by Androom (21 Mar 2002)


Status of Georg Simon Ohm in front of the Technical University, Theresienstraße, Munich.
Picture by Androom (Apr 1998)


Plaque for Georg Simon Ohm in Nürnberg.
Picture by Androom (10 Feb 2011)


• Fischer, Manfred F., Ruhmeshalle und Bavaria, Bayerische Verwaltung der Staatlichen Schlösser, München, 1987

Ohnet, Georges

Published: 18 Jun 2006
Last update: 02 May 2022