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ABBE, ERNST

German mathematician and physicist, professor at Jena, and inventor of many optical apparatus at the Zeiss works. His inventions include the apochromatic objective, the compensating ocular, the Abbe condenser, a well corrected oil-immersion achromatic condenser, the immersion objective, Abbe apertometre, Abbe refractometre, and the drawing camera, he evolved the Abbe theory of resolution and microscope imagery, the numerical aperture formula, and another optical theories. Lived: 1840-1905.
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