Childhood, Early Education, and Beyond

  • Roland Adunka
  • Mary Virginia Orna
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Molecular Science book series (BRIEFSMOLECULAR)


Alois Auer von Welsbach’s youngest child was born in his twilight years, and for six of those years, until his death, Alois spent them either on leave from his demanding work or in actual retirement. This afforded him leisure time to pass with young Carl, encouraging his interest in nature and modeling his own work ethic: creativity, energy, tenacity, and endurance. Alois recognized early on that Carl’s strengths did not lie in learning many languages, but in working adroitly with his hands to fashion tools and various pieces of apparatus. In the brief period of time that remained to him, Alois was able to transmit to Carl the deeper meaning of nature, the necessity of careful observation, and fearlessness in following through on new ideas.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Auer von Welsbach-MuseumAlthofenAustria
  2. 2.Department of ChemistryCollege of New RochelleNew RochelleUSA

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