Authorised form of nameHelmholtz; Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von (1821 - 1894)
Other forms of nameHermann von
Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand
Other forms of surnameVon Helmholtz
Dates1821 - 1894
Place of birthPotsdam, Germany
Date of birth31 August 1821
Place of deathBerlin, Germany
Date of death08 September 1894
Research fieldEnergetics
Physiological acoustics
Physiological optics
Membership categoryForeign Member
Date of election24/05/1860
Royal Society activityMedals and prizes:
Copley Medal 1873
Croonian 1864
Bulloch's Roll; DSB
Proc Roy Soc 1895-1896 vol 59 pp xvii-xxx signed by A W R
Gillian Beer, 'Translation or Transformation? The Relations of Literature and Science' in NR 1990 vol 44 pp 81-99
J T Lloyd, 'Background to the Joule-Mayer Controversy' in NR 1970 vol 25 pp 211-225
H G L, 'A Fragment of History' in NR 1938 vol 1 pp 28-31
B Heap, 'From the dust of the Earth? Things come to life: spontaneous generation revisited by Henry Harris' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 107-108
A Warwick, 'Righting the history of electrodynamics. Electrodynamics from Ampere to Einstein, by O Darrigol' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 253-254
D Cahan 'The awarding of the Copley Medal and the discovery of the law of conservation of energy,; Joule, Mayer and Heimholtz revisted
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA5518
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1860/04Helmholtz, Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MC/6/91Letter from H [Hermann] Helmholtz, Heidelberg, to W H [William Hallowes] Miller, Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society10 June 1860
IM/002029Helmholtz, Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von1992
NLB/5/126Copy letter from Archibald Geikie, to Herrn Professor Emil du Bois-Reymond23 March 1891
NLB/10/37Copy letter from Theodore E James, to Messrs Harrison & Sons10 September 1894
NLB/10/291Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Lord Rayleigh [John William Strutt], Fellow of the Royal Society5 November 1894
NLB/5/826Copy letter from William Thomson, to Herrn Professor Helmholtz, Foreign Member of the Royal Society29 October 1891
MC/6Volume 6 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1859-1863
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