Google Doodle celebrates 103rd birthday of German glass chemist Marga Faulstich

Faulstich received international recognition for the invention of the lightweight lens SF 64

  • Published: June 16, 2018 10:40 AM IST

Google is celebrating the 103rd birthday of German chemist Marga Faulstich in a doodle by Sophia Martineck. Faulstich was a German glass chemist, who worked at Schott AG for 44 years and today’s doodle is all about her glasses. During the time at Schott AG, she worked on more than 300 types of optical glasses.

Faulstich has 40 patents registered in her name and is the first woman executive at the company. She received international recognition for the invention of the lightweight lens SF 64 and she was honored for the same in 1973. She was born in Weimar on this day in 1915 and had two siblings. After graduating from high school in 1935, Faulstich began training as a graduate assistant at Schott AG, one of the leading glass manufacturer in Europe.

At the early stage of career, Faulstich worked on the development of thin films. She quickly advanced in her career from a graduate assistant to technician, then to scientific assistant and to scientist. She lost her fiance during the Second World War and from then on, she focused only on her career. Marga Faulstich was among the 41 specialists working at Schott AG’s facility in Jena, who were forced to move out to the facility in Mainz after World War II.

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She retired from Schott AG in 1979 after working at the company for 44 years. According to German publication, Faulstich spent the following years traveling to distant lands and gave lectures and presentations at glass conferences. She died on February 1, 1998 at age of 82 in Mainz, Germany.

  • Published Date: June 16, 2018 10:40 AM IST