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Carl Cranz

Carl Cranz (1858 – 1945), Dr. phil., Dr. h.c. mult,

Professor at the College of Advanced Technology in Berlin – Senior Privy Councillor Carl Cranz as mathematician, physicist and teacher - was the founder of modern ballistics in Germany. When still a teacher at Friedrich Eugen Grammar School in Stuttgart, he started his research work into ballistics which was soon to make him well-known outside the field of his sphere of activities.

In 1903, he was appointed to the newly formed Military Academy in Berlin to establish the first research centre in the world working on theoretic and experimental ballistics. The work of Carl Cranz and his employees far surpassed the state of knowledge and experience hitherto achieved in ballistics.

Carl Cranz intensified and extended theoretical approaches to ballistics and simultaneously developed many new processes for physical measurement techniques. He recognised the significance of supersonic wind-tunnels before 1914, and already commenced work on missile drives in the 1920s. His work was a landmark for many fields of applied physics as were his theoretical examinations on the gyrostatic and Magnus effect; his work on drag at high speeds; his developments in high-frequency cinematography to register high-speed action up to 107 frames per second; his experiments to construct reliable and precise timing standards.

Carl Cranz placed special emphasis on scientific training and further training in the field of engineering sciences. Even before the First World War, he advocated studies in engineering sciences for every officer. His farsightedness as researcher and teacher is the model for Carl-Cranz-Gesellschaft.