Hermann Theodor Simon

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Hermann Theodor Simon in 1910

Hermann Theodor Simon (German: ˈziːmɔn; 1 January 1870, in Kirn – 22 December 1918, in Göttingen) was a German physicist.[1]


He studied physics at the Universities of Heidelberg and Berlin, earning his doctorate in 1894 under August Kundt with a thesis on the dispersion of ultraviolet radiation. Afterwards, he served as an assistant to Eilhard Wiedemann at Erlangen, obtaining his habilitation in 1896. Two years later, he became an assistant to Eduard Riecke at the University of Göttingen, then relocated to Frankfurt am Main as director of the physics laboratory. In 1901 he returned to Göttingen as an associate professor and director of the department of applied electricity. In 1907 he was appointed as a full professor at the University of Göttingen.[2]

With Eduard Riecke, he was editor of the physics journal Physikalische Zeitschrift.[3]

Selected writings[edit]

  • Über Dispersion ultravioletter Strahlen, 1894 - On dispersion of ultraviolet radiation (graduate thesis).
  • Über ein neues photographisches Photometrierverfahren und seine Anwendung auf die Photometrie des ultravioletten Spektralgebietes, 1896 - Involving a new photographic photometric method and its application to the photometry of the ultraviolet spectral region.
  • Elektrotechnisches Praktikum des Instituts für Angewandte Elektrizität der Universität Göttingen, 1908 - Electrical engineering internship at the Institute of Applied Electricity, University of Göttingen.
  • Der elektrische lichtbogen: experimentalvortrag auf wunsch des wissenschaftlichen vereins zu Berlin gehalten am 11. januar 1911, (1911) - The electric arc: an experimental lecture.[4]


  1. ^ Mehra, Jagdish; Rechenberg, Helmut (1982). The historical development of quantum theory. New York: Springer. p. 271. ISBN 9780387951744.
  2. ^ The Historical Development of Quantum Theory by Jagdish Mehra, Helmut Rechenberg (biography)
  3. ^ Archive.org Physikalische Zeitschrift
  4. ^ Google Books (publications)

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