Zeis Ikon (1)

Zeis Ikon AG.

Carl Zeiss (1816-1888) was a German industrialist who gained a worldwide reputation as a manufacturer of fine optical instruments. In 1846 he opened a workshop in Jena for producing optical instruments. He engaged as research worker Ernst Abbe, a physics and mathematics lecturer at the University of Jena, who in 1866 became Zeiss's partner. One of their co-workers, Otto Schott, a chemist, developed about100 new kinds of optical glass and numerous types of heat-resistant glass. After the death of Zeiss, Abbe donated the Zeiss firm and his share in the glassworks to the Carl Zeiss Foundation. Later Schott added his share in the glassworks to the foundation.

Zeiss Ikon was formed in 1926 when the firm merged with a number of existing camera factories; the new firm included some 22 trade names. After World War II U.S. forces evacuated the board of management and about 100 scientists and technicians of the Carl Zeiss firm (Jena) to West Germany, where it was firmly re-established.



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