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Strahlung und Lichterythem

Nature volume 135, page 288 (23 February 1935) | Download Citation



THOSE who knew the late Dr. Hausser will find much pleasure in the fact that the memory of this brilliant young physicist, who died in 1933 at forty-six years of age, is honoured by the publication of his original papers on the action of sunlight on the human skin as one of “Ostwald's Klassiker”. Hausser was a pioneer in this branch of biophysics, for he was the first to realise the importance of using monochromatic light of measured intensity in the investigation of the causes of erythema and sunburn, by means of his large quartz prisms. He was responsible for the discovery of the fact that the human skin is particularly sensitive to two regions of the violet portion of the spectrum, one of which is normally absorbed by the atmosphere. All interested in biophysics would do well to possess this little book.

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