Heinrich Hertz was born on February 22, 1857 in Germany. Hertz was born from an incredibly wealthy and successful family, and he too was no exception. His mother was an average house wife at the time and his father Gustav Hertz was a layer and senator who pushed on his son to be as successful as he was. “He developed interest for science and mathematics as a child while studying at the Gelehrtenschule des Johanneum of Hamburg” (Hertz, Heinrich – Physicist). He studied sciences and engineering in the German cities of Desden, Munich and Berlin under two well-known physicists, Gustav R. Kirchoff and Hermann von Helmhortz. In 1880 Hertz received his doctorate from the University of Berlin and soon worked to be an assistant to Helmhotz, who was studying electrical oscillations. During this time he wrote many theses, but rather than them being on his devoted nature to electromagnetic induction it was focused on mechanical hardness and stress in which was the field in which he was working as assistant for. “After three years Hertz took up the chance to move up in the academic ladder and qualified to become a university teacher at the University of Kiel. He had received his Habilitation and performed lectures and speeches on theoretical physics” (Heinrich Rudolf Hertz). The many speeches he gave had given him the opportunity to become the iconic figure he is today. He inspired many students and gave many teachers and scientists a new way on how to look at things. Hertz soon married Elizabeth Doll in 1886 and had two daughters, Joanna and Mathilde. Soon after he was appointed to the University Professor of Physics at the University of Bonn, most of his ideas began to come to him.” He began conducting experiments and testing theories at the University of Bonn, he was aware of the revolutionary work that was left behind by British scientist James Ckerk Maxell, who had produced a series of mathematical equations that predicted the existence of electromagnetic radiation using some form of electrical apparatus” (Hertz, Heinrich – Physicist). From this point on, Hertz continued on with his study of electromagnetic radiation. In 1892, Hertz was diagnosed with a minor head cold and then soon an allergy. This was nothing major, but soon became to grow. Since the cold, Hertz health remained at a poor condition. He died of blood poisoning at the age of 36 at the University of Bonn on January 1, 1894. This was a fairly young age for men at the time, many think Hertz had the ability to discover much more, but his early death was a tragedy to all. Hertz’s nephew Gustav Ludwig Hertz was a Nobel Prize winner, and Gustav’s son Carl Hellmuth Hertz went on to invent medical ultrasonography and laser jet printing. With the addition of Heinrich Hertz, the Hertz’s family name lived on.
Heinrich Hertz was most popular for his most notable achievement of proving that electricity can be transmitted in electromagnetic. Hertz was the first person who successfully demonstrated the presence of electromagnetic waves by building an apparatus that produced and detected VHF radio waves. This allowed for the development of many things we use to this day such as the radio, television, and radar. The radio used VHF waves that allowed for overlapping frequencies between microwave and radio waves, which allowed for audio to be transferred. Hertz’s name became the term used for radio and electrical frequencies: hertz, as in kilohertz or megahertz. The hertz designation has been an official part of the international