Karl Hermann Zipp

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Karl Hermann Zipp

Karl Hermann Zipp (born January 21, 1875 in Moers , † March 19, 1940 in Potsdam ) was a German electrical engineer.


From 1885 he attended the Realgymnasium in Rheydt and in 1887 switched to the humanistic grammar school in Mönchengladbach. From 1894 he studied electrical engineering at the TH Darmstadt , but had to drop out after the intermediate diploma in 1898 for lack of money. During his studies in 1894 he became a member of the Darmstadt fraternity Frisia . He found a job as an electrical engineer at Helios Elektrizitäts-A.-G. in Cologne-Ehrenfeld, where after almost two years he was promoted to head of the assembly and project planning office. At the end of 1901 he became a lecturer in electrical engineering at the Städtisches Friedrichs-Polytechnikum in Köthen . It appointed him professor in 1913. From 1906 was an expert advisor for the Osterode electricity company. From 1916–28 he was director of the Köthen municipal electricity works and from 1925–28 also rector of the local commercial and commercial college. After a stroke in August 1927, he was retired in 1928 .

In 1908 he invented a high-voltage indicator (DRP 165714), the so-called Schüttelzipp .

Since 1993, the Karl Hermann Zipp Prize, named after him, has been awarded to graduates with outstanding academic achievements in the Department of Electrical Engineering, now the Department of Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering, at the Anhalt University of Applied Sciences .


  • Calculation of electrical line networks with special consideration of high voltage. 2 parts. Bookstore of the literary monthly reports, Berlin-Steglitz 1902.
  • Electric railways. Volume 1: The Motor Car. 2 parts. Bookstore of the literary monthly reports, Berlin-Steglitz 1904, ( digitized volume 1, part 1 ).
  • Dynamo machines, electric motors and transformers as energy converters (= Library of Technology and Industries. Vol. 10, ZDB -ID 536295-7 ). Moritz, Stuttgart 1908.
  • The protection of high-voltage systems against lightning and surge voltages (= library of the entire technology. Vol. 127, ZDB -ID 986393-x ). Jänecke, Hanover 1909.
  • Everything electric! A guide for home and business. Springer, Berlin 1911.
  • Handbook of high voltage electrical engineering. With special consideration of energy transfer. Textbook for engineers and students. Springer, Berlin 1911.
  • Electric locomotives for single-phase alternating current. Leiner, Leipzig 1915.
  • Insulation resistance and earth fault. Leiner, Leipzig 1917.
  • Causes and effects of the phase shift and measures to combat it (cos φ). Leiner, Leipzig 1923.


  • Obituary in: Elektrotechnische Zeitschrift , Volume 61 (1940), p. 599.

Individual evidence

  1. Willy Nolte (ed.): Burschenschafter Stammrolle. List of members of the German Burschenschaft according to the status of the summer semester 1934. Berlin 1934. P. 565.
  2. no page title ( memento from June 10, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  3. At the end there are prizes, in: Mitteldeutsche Zeitung. April 28, 2013, accessed March 13, 2014 .