Herzberger, Max

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Herzberger, Max Gender: M
Jakob Maximilian Herzberger
born on 7 March 1899 at 03:00 (= 03:00 AM )
Place Berlin, Germany, 52n29, 13e21
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 16°18' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 11°13 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 24°16'

Max Herzberger (1930)
photo: GFHund, license gfdl


German mathematician and physicist, known for his development of the superachromat lens. He held patents for an "apochromatic telescope objective having three air spaced components" and a "superachromatic objective".

He studied mathematics and physics at the Berlin University, where Albert Einstein was one of his professors, and later became a friend and advisor. In 1923, Herzberger finished his Ph.D. thesis Ueber Systeme hyperkomplexer Grössen under Ludwig Bieberbach and Issai Schur at the philosophical faculty.

In 1934, the Nazis deprived him from his professorship at Jena University. He emigrated with his family to Rochester, New York where he became head of Eastman Kodak's optical research laboratories, arranged by Einstein. In 1940, he and his family became U.S. citizens. In 1954 he finished the development of the superachromat as the ultimately well-corrected lens for Kodak.

He died on 9 April 1982, aged 83, in New Orleans.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth record from Berlin City Archives.


  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 83)
  • Vocation : Education : Researcher
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher
  • Vocation : Science : Mathematics/ Statistics
  • Vocation : Science : Physics
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator ("Superachromat lens")