Zeiss, Carl

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Zeiss, Carl Gender: M
born on 11 September 1816 at 18:00 (= 6:00 PM )
Place Weimar (Thüringen), Germany, 50n59, 11e19
Timezone LMT m11e19 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Müller
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 18°47' s_mo.18.gif s_taucol.18.gif 13°44 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 08°27'

Portrait of Carl Zeiss 
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Carl Zeiss


German maker of optical instruments commonly known for the company he founded, Carl Zeiss Jena. He became a notable lens-maker in the 1840s when he created high-quality lenses that were "wide open", or in other words, had a very large aperture range that allowed for very bright images. He did this in the city of Jena at a self-opened workshop, where he started his lens-making career. At first his lenses were only used in the production of microscopes, but when cameras were invented, his company began manufacturing high-quality lenses for cameras.

Zeiss's son had entered the business with him, but retired soon after Zeiss's death of natural causes on 3 December 1888. The business was incorporated as the Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung in 1889. It gained an international reputation for the manufacture of optical instruments of all kinds, and remains in business to this day, where the company might be most known for its broad selection of optical scopes and binoculars.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • business associate/partner relationship with Abbe, Ernst (born 23 January 1840)
  • role played of/by Hinz, Werner (born 18 January 1903). Notes: 1957 film, "Made in Germany – Ein Leben für Zeis"


Source Notes

Taeger cites Arno Müler who quotes evangelisches Pfarramt (church registry)


  • Vocation : Business : Business owner
  • Vocation : Engineer : Other Engineer (optical engineer and inventor)
  • Notable : Extraordinary Talents : For Problem Solving