Carl Auer Freiherr von Welsbach
Born: Sep 09, 1858 AD
Died: 1929 AD, at 70 years of age.
1858 - Born in Vienna, Austria on the 9th of September.
1877 - He went to secondary school in Mariahilf and Josefstadt before graduating, and joining the Army as a Second Lieutenant.
1878 - He entered the University of Vienna, studying math, general chemistry, engineering physics, and thermodynamics.
1880 - He then moved to the University of Heidelberg, where he continued his studies in chemistry under the direction of Robert Bunsen (inventor of the bunsen burner).
1882 - He received his Ph.D. and returned to Vienna to work as an unpaid assistant in Prof. Lieben's laboratory, working with chemical separation methods for investigations on rare earth elements.
1885 - He used a method he developed himself to separate didymium for the first time.
1890 - He introduced a new form of the mantle based on a mixture of 99% thorium dioxide and 1% cerium(IV) oxide which he developed in collaboration with his colleague Dr. Haittinger. These proved both more robust as well as having a much "whiter" light.
1898 - He worked on this until finally developing a workable technique, and started a new factory to produce his Auer-Oslight, which he introduced commercially.
1903 - He won another patent for what is today known as a "flint", although the term is not well-applied.
1907 - He formed Treibacher Chemische Werke GesmbH to build and market the devices.
1922 - He presented a major paper on his work on the separation of radioactive elements.
1929 - Died on the 8th of April in Welsbach Castle (Carinthia), Austria.
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