Transmission Electron Microscope

Ernst August Friedrich Ruska, German physicist and electrical engineer developed a transmission electron microscope employing electron beams and electromagnetic lenses in 1931-1933 Berlin, Germany. Rheinhold Rudenberg, filed the first patent for an electron microscope, yet the first commercial electron microscope was introduced in by Siemens-Reiniger-Werke AG in 1939. Russian-American inventor Vladimir Kosma Zworykin of the RCA Laboratory, Camden, NJ, USA, demonstrated by Ladislaus Morton on April 20, 1940, at the American Philosophical Society convention in Philadelphia, PA, USA. The microscope was 10 feet (3 meters) high, weighed about 1,000 pounds (454 kilograms), and magnified up to 100,000 diameters.

      1931-33, 1939, April 20th 1940
      Ernst August Friedrich Ruska
      Electrical Engineer
      Berlin, Germany

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