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Philipp Matthäus Hahn

Philipp Matthäus Hahn

German pastor and inventor
Philipp Matthäus Hahn
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Intro German pastor and inventor
Was Engineer
From Germany
Type Engineering
Gender male
Birth 25 November 1739
Death 2 May 1790, Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Esslingen, Stuttgart Government Region, Baden-Württemberg (aged 50 years)
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Philipp Matthäus Hahn (November 25, 1739 in Scharnhausen, today part of Ostfildern – May 2, 1790 in Echterdingen, today part of Leinfelden-Echterdingen) was a German pastor, astronomer and inventor.

In about 1763 he devised a precision sundial, or heliochronometer that incorporated the correction for the equation of time.

In 1774 he designed one of the earliest mechanical calculators of which two are known to have survived to the present day. A renowned clockmaker, several horological museums display his works, including the Deutsches Uhrenmuseum which contains a mechanical orrery (planetarium) and a Weltmaschine by the "Priestermechaniker (priest mechanic)".

Philipp Matthäus Hahn's influence upon Friedrich Schiller's Ode to Joy

According to Reinhard Breymayer, Friedrich Schiller's verses "Brüder - überm Sternenzelt/ muß ein lieber Vater wohnen" ("Brothers, above the starry canopy/ There must dwell a loving Father"), reflecting the poet's Philosophy of Love, are a reference to the astronomer and pastor Hahn's Theology of Love.

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