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Matthaei, Ernst Artur Franz Joseph (1904 - 1966)

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Microscopist and Optical technician
Born: 21 April 1904  Trier, Germany.  Died: 15 July 1966  Parkville, Victoria, Australia.
Ernst Artur F. J. Matthaei was an optics expert who learnt his trade in Germany under the guidance of masters of the field at the University of Jena and at the Institute of Microscopy. By 1926 he was a trainee in the Carl Zeiss works and the following year was transferred to the 'Opto' department which made spectacles and ophthalmological instruments. In 1920 Matthaei worked for E. C. Heyne & Co., which held the Zeiss agency in Melbourne. Upon his arrival in Australia he set up his own scientific instrument import company called Ernst Matthaei & Co. The business folded after the start of World War I so Matthaei joined the physiology department at the University of Melbourne. In 1941 he transferred to the botany department and was put in charge of the production of graticules for sighting telescopes and binoculars. After the war Matthaei’s workshop developed into a thriving university supply chain which excelled in photo-micrography and fluorescence microscopy. By 1950 he was a part-time lecture at the University providing a technical course on the optical microscope for research workers.
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