Nürnberg finds Solutions.
Behaim and Ohm worked in Nürnberg. The first German railway ran here, and the pocket-watch and radio-controlled clock were also invented here.
Can you meet in a more innovative climate?
In earlier times, the citizens of Nuremberg had a reputation for “Nuremberg Witz”, the ability to develop good ideas into market successes. Nuremberg’s master craftsmen, researchers and engineers often found amazingly simple and unusual solutions. Like the wire drawer Rudolf from Nuremberg in the 14th century, who used a rocking chair to apply the whole strength of his body for drawing the wire. Or Peter Henlein, the model for all clockmakers, who built the spring drive just invented at that time into a pocket-watch.
Inventiveness is a Tradition
The following were also multi-talented. Hans Hautsch invented the first wheelchair in 1649. Later he built the first water syringe with a continuous water jet, mechanized dolls’ houses, tried to make a flying machine and developed bronze glitter particles. Karl Gebhardt, the founder of the Nürnberg Clock Museum
returned home from the 2nd World War and invented the horizontal excavator for making it easier to clear rubble from the streets.
In 1958 he was the first to synchronize the accuracy of a mechanical clock movement using radio, and in later years he was decisively involved in developing the first solar radio-controlled clock. He worked on glasshouses, earthquake-proof prefabricated houses and photovoltaic systems, and the square shape of the Ritter chocolate bar was also his idea.
A super talent? No, he just possessed “Nuremberg Witz”.
Nürnberg's Inventors and Inventions
|Year||Selected milestones in industrial history|
|ca. 1300||The first Nürnberg lebkuchen (gingerbread) was baked here.|
||The "wire drawer" Rudolf from Nürnberg used a rocking chair to apply the whole strength of his body for drawing wire. |
||Ulman Stromer founded the first paper mill. |
||Martin Behaim created the first globe. |
||Erhard Etzlaub invented the famous "Ways to Rome Map", the first road map of the Holy Roman Empire. |
||Peter Henlein invented the first spring-driven pocket-watch.|
|1640 to 1655
||The Nürnberg toolsmith Hans Hautsch was one of Nürnberg's most productive inventors. He invented articles such as a fire syringe with a continuous water jet and bronze glitter particles for wallpapers. |
||Johann Christoph Denner invented the clarinet.|
||Konrad Kuppler designed the first suspension bridge in continental Europe, the Kettensteg in Nürnberg. |
||The first railway in Germany - the famous "Adler" (Eagle) - started running between Nürnberg and Fürth. |
||Lothar von Faber started marketing the typical, hexagonal brand pencil.|
||Georg Simon Ohm, Director of the Nürnberg Polytechnic at that time, discovered "Ohm's Acoustic Law".
||Sigmund Schuckert built Germany's first electric street lighting in Nürnberg and the first electric arc lamp and spotlight.
||"Em-eukal" from Dr. Carl Soldan becomes Germany's first cough drop.
||The birth year of "Tempo", the first tissue, manufactured by Vereinigte Papierwerke.
||Karl Gebhard developed a radio synchronization control for synchronizing mechanical clock mechanisms exactly to the second by radio.
||Schwan-Bleistift-Fabrik developed the "Stabilo Boss" text marker.
||"Development of the MP3 format for storing audio files by the
University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits."