Friedrich Carl Alwin Pockels (1865 - 1913) obtained his doctorate from Göttingen University in 1888. From 1900 until 1913, he was a professor of theoretical physics in the Faculty of Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Heidelberg where he carried out extensive studies on electro-optic properties of crystals - the Pockels effect is basis of many practical electro-optic modulators (Courtesy of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Heidelberg, Germany.)

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