Chronicles of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft

Fraunhofer Chronicle

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The research organization was founded in 1949, in the same year as the Federal Republic of Germany, and started out as a small office with just three employees. As it stands today, the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft has attained a size and influence that makes it an undisputedly vital element in Germany’s industrial and scientific landscape. The impressive march of progress as seen and experienced by the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft is documented in the Chronicle.

Joseph von Fraunhofer

Joseph von Fraunhofer
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The Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft owes its name to Joseph von Fraunhofer (1787-1826), the successful Munich researcher, inventor and entrepreneur. The story of his life and works clearly indicates why he was chosen as the role model for our organization.

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