Google pays tribute to Dennis Gabor

Today would have been the 110th birthday of the brilliant Dennis Gabor. Born Dénes Gábor, of Jewish-Hungarian parents, Bertalan and Adrienne Gabor, in Budapest on June 5, 1900. His father, Bertalan, was the director of a mining company. He studied electrical engineering, but his life-long passion, physics, started early at age 15. He won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1971

In 1927, after joining Siemens & Halske AG, he made his first successful invention: the high pressure quartz mercury lamp with superheated vapour and the molybdenum tape seal, since used in millions of street lamps. This was his “very first exercise in serendipity” (quote/unquote), which is the art of looking for something, then finding something else. The reason: he had set out to ‘find’ a cadmium lamp, but that experiment ended in him inventing the mercury lamp!

The Nobel Prize in Physics, bestowed on him in 1971, was for his invention of holography. (He received his first patent for his holographic experiments at the age of 11). Mr Gábor died in February 1979.

The following are quotes by Dennis Gabor:

— Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them.

— The most important and urgent problems of the technology of today are no longer the satisfactions of the primary needs or of archetypal wishes, but the reparation of the evils and damages by the technology of yesterday.

— Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he will be up against his own nature.


About d1nx

Techno-Gran living and working in Pretoria, South Africa and spending 3 months of the year with my 2 daughters and their husbands and 5 grandchildren on the East Bay, Northern Californa. Started blogging on my recovery from Spinal surgery in 2007 and have taken many twists and turns on my life's journey and varying chapters of my life.
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5 Responses to Google pays tribute to Dennis Gabor

  1. granny1947 says:

    That is so interesting…had never heard of the guy!

  2. colonialist says:

    Certainly worthy of tribute!

    Hope you are having a very pleasant weekend, with weather as good as ours.

  3. Wendy T says:

    Hey Dinx, Thanks so much for popping in, all good here just crazy busy finishing up our school year this Friday and then off to Spain for 3 weeks on Saturday bright and early!!! Cant wait. Have a lovely time in the States with your family, how wonderful! When are you back? We are flying into SA on the 15th July and there for a month….perhaps a little MOB??? Safe travels and a big hug. xxxxx

  4. EverMe says:

    I love this one “Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them”

  5. Tokeloshe says:

    I noticed the Google word-art, but I was clueless.
    A very interesting bit about Physics, I love holograms and now I know more.
    I love the quotes :-)

    Take care,

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