Lippmann, Gabriel

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Lippmann, Gabriel Gender: M
Jonas Ferdinand Gabriële Lippmann
born on 16 August 1845 at 18:00 (= 6:00 PM )
Place Luxembourg, Luxembourg, 49n36, 6e09
Timezone LMT m6e09 (is local mean time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 23°38' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 12°11 Asc.s_capcol.18.gif 26°17'

Gabriel Lippmann (1908)


Franco-Luxembourgish physicist and inventor, and 1908 Nobel laureate in physics for his method of reproducing colours photographically based on the phenomenon of interference.

In 1886, Lippmann's scientific interest turned to a method of fixing the colours of the solar spectrum on a photographic plate. By April 1892, he was able to report that he had succeeded in producing colour images of a stained glass window, a group of flags, a bowl of oranges topped by a red poppy and a multicoloured parrot. He presented his theory of colour photography using the interference method in two papers to the Academy of Sciences, one in 1894, the other in 1906.

Lippmann's process foreshadowed laser holography, which is also based on recording standing waves in a photographic medium. Denisyuk reflection holograms, often referred to as Lippmann-Bragg holograms, have similar laminar structures that preferentially reflect certain wavelengths.

Lippmann made several other important contributions to various branches of physics over the years, including the capillary electrometer, the converse piezoelectric effect, integral photography and the coelostat.

He died on 13 July 1921, aged 75, aboard the steamer France while en route from Canada.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • (has as) protégé relationship with Langevin, Paul (born 23 January 1872)


  • Work : Prize 1908 (Nobel Prize for Physics)

Source Notes

Birth certificate (acte n° 6) provided by Sy Scholfield. Birth place of Bonnevoie/Bouneweg, Hollerich, is part of Luxembourg City.


  • Vocation : Science : Physics
  • Notable : Awards : Nobel prize (Physics)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Various inventions)