Wilhelm Heinrich Heraeus
He studied physics as well as mathematics and physical chemistry at the universities of Bonn , Göttingen and Munich . In 1923 he received his doctorate at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main Dr. rer. nat. and gained first professional experience in the precious metals sector in Newark , NJ, USA.
In 1925 he joined WC Heraeus GmbH in Hanau, founded by his grandfather Wilhelm Carl Heraeus , and in 1927 he became a member of the management team there in the third generation. On May 1, 1933, he joined the NSDAP . As head of technical development, he expanded the group's product range and, after 1945, also managed the reconstruction of the destroyed factory facilities. In 1965 he moved from management to the family company's supervisory board.
Together with his wife Else († 1987) he had no children of his own and in 1963 founded today's non-profit Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation , which has set itself the goal of promoting basic physics. The foundation sponsors seminars and awards grants and specialist prizes. In 2003 the extension of the Physics Center Bad Honnef was also supported.
- Ralf banks: Shortage of precious metals and large robbery. Oldenbourg Akademieverlag, 2008.
- Heraeus, Wilhelm Heinrich. Hessian biography. (As of December 6, 2016). In: Landesgeschichtliches Informationssystem Hessen (LAGIS).
- Website of the Wilhelm and Else Heraeus Foundation
|SURNAME||Heraeus, Wilhelm Heinrich|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German physicist and chemist|
|DATE OF BIRTH||3rd February 1900|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Hanau|
|DATE OF DEATH||7th January 1985|
|Place of death||Hanau|