To Thomas Johann Seebeck: with respect and gratitude.
Thomas Johann Seebeck is one of the most known scientists born and grown up in Estonia. His discoveries in photoelasticity and thermoelectricity has a worldwide impact to engineering and technology also nowadays, in the 21st century, including the current research of Estonian scientists and engineers. As a result of the initiative of AHMT (Arbeitskreis der Hochschullehrer fur Messtechnik) and the Department of Electronics at Tallinn University of Technology, opening of the memorial board of Thomas Johann Seebeck took place in Tallinn on May 11, 2007, in his city of birth (1770) and childhood. Seebeck obtained also his basic education in Tallinn--he graduated from the nowadays Gustav Adolf Gymnasium in 1788.
At the opening ceremony of the memorial board speeches were delivered by Mrs. Viola Brasgalla-Delschen from the German Embassy in Tallinn, by prominent German scientists, Professors Elmar Schrufer, Hans-Rolf Trankler and Volker Hans and by Estonian scientists Professor Enn Velmre and academicians Hillar Aben and Endel Lippmaa. Many Estonian scientists and engineers and citizens of Tallinn were present at the ceremony.
The event found a response in the Estonian medium. The newspaper Mente et Manu of Tallinn University of Technology expressed the Seebeck's story thoroughly (Mart Ummelas), also the Estonian Radio "Vikerraadio" (program "Laboratory" by Mart Ummelas) and Radio "Kuku" (program "Memoria", by Juri Kuuskemaa) reflected the event. An article about the event was published also in the Swedish newspaper "Eesti Paevaleht" in Stockholm by Juri Hain. I would like to thank also pupils and teachers Helda Venderstrom and Arne Silas of Gustav Adolf Gymnasium and our colleagues, especially Mrs. Aiki Putting, Prof. Toomas Rang, Dr. Olev Martens, and Dr. Toomas Parve for their support and collaboration by organizing the event.
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|Title Annotation:||APPENDIX I|
|Publication:||Proceedings of the Estonian Academy of Sciences: Engineering|
|Date:||Dec 1, 2007|
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