Wilhelm Schickard (right) and Philipp Matthäus Hahn (left) played a pioneering role in bridging the gap between research and application with their inventions. The Hahn-Schickard-Gesellschaft has been named after these two eminent figures in the history of science in Württemberg since 1989 – an expression of our close bond with the history of technology in our region.
Wilhelm Schickard (1592 to 1635) built the first mechanical calculating machine in 1623 using wooden rods and gearwheels as processors. Like Johannes Kepler, the theologian and University of Tübingen professor was regarded as one of the mathematical geniuses of his time. His name is still synonymous with the history of ideas and technology in Württemberg today.
The engineer, mathematician, and entrepreneur Philipp Matthäus Hahn (1739 to 1790) laid the foundations for the worldwide success of Württemberg’s precision mechanics industry. Hahn developed precision clocks and scales, built a planetarium, and initiated the serial production of pocket watches in Kornwestheim.