Who was Georg Ohm?

Georg Simon Ohm

Georg Simon Ohm was born on 16 March 1789 in Erlangen Germany, he was a physicist and mathematician.

His parents were not formally educated, however, Ohm's father was a respected man who had educated himself to a high level and was able to give his sons an excellent education himself, good man. Georg did attend Erlangen Gymnasium from age 11 through to 15, however let's just say the education he received was rather basic in comparison to what his father was teaching him.

At the age of fifteen, in 1805, Georg Ohm began studying at Erlangen University, however, he left after three semesters after being too preoccupied with leisurely activities such as dancing, ice skating and playing billiards. His studies took the back seat.

Ohm's father noticed this and sent his son over to Switzerland for further education the following year where he accepted a position as a mathematics teacher in a school over in Gottstadt. Outside teaching Ohm also continued pursuing his private study of mathematics.

Ohm returned to school teaching in 1813, teaching mathematics and physics and wrote a geometry textbook at a rather poor quality school in Bamberg for three years. In 1817 he accepted a position at a Jesuit gymnasium in Cologne in 1817 and it is here where he conducted physics experiments in the high quality laboratory. He developed his incredibly important theory between the relationship of resistance, electric current and voltage right here. Yep, this is where the magic happened!!

In 1825, Ohm published his first paper which examined the decrease in the electromagnetic force produced by a wire as the length of the wire increased. It was unfortunately not well received. Ohm published two more papers in 1826, and his famous book containing Ohm’s Law, in 1827 in which he detailed his complete theory of electricity.

In 1841, he received the Copley Medal of the Royal Society of London. In its notice of the award, the society praised Ohm's work.

The light which these investigations has thrown on the theory of current electricity is very considerable....Had the works of Ohm been earlier known, and their value recognised, the industry of experimentalists would have been better rewarded.

In 1852 was appointed to the chair of physics at the University of Munich, a position he held until his death.

So as you can see he was a remarkable person that came from VERY humble beginnings that is well worth studying even just for inspiration alone!

Statue of Ohm at the Technical University of Munich