Lichtenberg, Georg Christoph

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Lichtenberg, Georg Christoph Gender: M
born on 1 July 1742 at 17:00 (= 5:00 PM )
Place Ober-Ramstadt, Germany, 49n49, 8e44
Timezone LMT m8e44 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Muller
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 09°29' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 00°21 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 00°40'

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg


German physicist, satirist, and writer of aphorisms, best known for his ridicule of metaphysical and romantic excesses.

Lichtenberg was the 17th child of a Protestant pastor, who taught him mathematics and natural sciences.

Lichtenberg did research in a wide variety of fields—including geophysics, volcanology, meteorology, chemistry, astronomy, and mathematics—but most important were his investigations into physics.

In 1777 he discovered the basic principle of modern xerographic copying; the images that he reproduced are still called “Lichtenberg figures.”

Lichtenberg was a most popular and respected figure in the European intellectual circles of his time.

He died 24 February 1799, Gottingen.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Arno Muller, vol 2

Sy Scholfield quotes same data from the book Georg Christoph Lichtenberg by Wolfgang Promies (Rowohlt, 1964), p. 7: "Georg Christoph Lichtenberg wurde den 1. Juli 1742 nachmittags um fünf Uhr geboren. Die Geburt fiel übrigens auf einen Sonntag."


  • Traits : Personality : Humorous, Witty
  • Vocation : Science : Physics
  • Vocation : Writers : Religion/ Philosophy
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator