The life’s work of Manfred von Ardenne reflects the personality of a highly gifted, visionary and tenacious researcher and inventor. Born in the German Empire in 1907, he grew up during the Weimar Republic, was a scientist under three dictatorships, lived through a century of complete economic and political revolution, and yet was able to establish himself as a successful businessman again and again.
By the end, he held about 600 patents in radio and television technology, electron microscopy, nuclear plasma and medical technologies and was the author of countless books and publications - without holding a degree or even a school leaving certificate! His clear sightedness and hard work was to thank for his progress from school dropout to famous scientist.
Manfred von Ardenne’s spirit lives on today. On the following pages you can find out more about the life and work of this great inventor.