von Fraunhofer, Joseph
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BornStraubing, (Bavaria, Germany), 6 March 1787
DiedMunich, (Germany), 7 June 1826
Joseph Fraunhofer was in his day the leading producer of major telescope objectives, his testing of which led to his discovery of the Fraunhofer lines in the solar spectrum. He was the 11th and final child of the master glazier Franz Xaver Fraunhofer, whose own father Johann Michael had also been a master glassmaker in Straubing. The family of his mother, Maria Anna Frohlich, also included generations of glassmakers.
At age 11, Fraunhofer was left an orphan when both parents died within a year’s time. He was sent to Munich as an apprentice to the court mirror maker and glasscutter Weichselberger, who restrained the ambitious boy from education outside the narrow confines of his training. On 21 July 1801, Weichselberger’s house and w ...
- Jackson, Myles (2000). Spectrum of Belief: Joseph von Fraunhofer and the Craft of Precision Optics. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. (The best source on Fraunhofer’s work and historical significance. Includes a full bibliography of secondary sources, including the several biographies written in German.)
- Jenkins, Reese V. (1972). “Fraunhofer, Joseph.” In Dictionary of Scientific Biography, edited by Charles Coulston Gillispie. Vol. 5, pp. 142–144. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.
- von Fraunhofer, Joseph
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- Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers
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- 1. Department of Earth Science, University of Northern Iowa
- 2. University of California, Irvine School of Physical Sciences
- 3. Rice University
- 4. Whitman College
- 5. York Univesity
- 6. University of Wisconsin
- 7. University of Oklahoma
- 8. Harvard University
- Robert K. DeKosky (2237)
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- 2237. Universtity of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA
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