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ZEISS History

Company History

Here you will find an overview of the history of ZEISS since 1846.


The Founder

Biographies and pictures of the founders of ZEISS.


Technological Milestones

From its inception, ZEISS has been regarded as a pioneer in many areas of the optics industry.


ZEISS Archives

The ZEISS Archives contain original documents and instruments from more than 150 years of ZEISS history.


History of the Company Sites

Learn about the history of the different ZEISS sites around the world.



The Group is comprised of many subsidiaries, each with its own history.


ZEISS Museum of Optics

Discover about 1,000 fascinating exhibits and find out everything about the development of important products and technologies from the world of optics ZEISS.


Search the archives

On the website of the ZEISS Archives, you’ll find plenty of information about photographs, product literature and other documents pertaining to the company.