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Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

German scientist, satirist

1742   -   1799

country of citizenship: Germany
language of expression: German
educated at: University of Göttingen
occupation: physicist, astronomer, writer, mathematician, university teacher, French moralist, philosopher
award received: Fellow of the Royal Society
position held: professor
student of: Abraham Gotthelf Kästner

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Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1 July 1742 – 24 February 1799) was a German physicist, satirist, and Anglophile. As a scientist, he was the first to hold a professorship explicitly dedicated to experimental physics in Germany. He is remembered for his posthumously published notebooks, which he himself called sudelbücher, a description modelled on the English bookkeeping term "waste books" or "scrapbooks", and for his discovery of tree-like electrical discharge patterns now called Lichtenberg figures.
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