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Biographical entry Schultz, Donald Herbart (1911 - 1987)

Born
7 April 1911
Summertown, South Australia, Australia
Died
24 August 1987
Toorak Gardens, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Inventor and Optical physicist

Summary

Donald Schultz was an optical innovator and instrumental in the formation and growth one of the world's largest ophthalmic lens companies. Initially indentured to his uncle, Carl Laubman, at Laubman & Pank optometry practice, Schultz completed his optometry training in 1929. During WWII he was co-opted to Weapons Research Establishment, to developing optical instruments for the war effort. After the war he returned to Laubman & Pank where the instrument construction department developed instruments ranging from an aerial photostereoscope to a binocular catadioptric magnifier for low-vision patients. In the1950s he experimented with the new plastic material CR39, inventing a process to produce scratch-resistant optical lenses by the millions. Scientific Optical Laboratories of Australia (later SOLA International), a subsidiary of Laubman & Pank, continued to work on this and other innovations including helium-neon lasers and low-vision aids. The pioneering Schultz-Crock spectacle-mounted indirect ophthalmoscope, developed by Schultz from a prototype of Gerard Crock, remained in production for over 35 years and was sold world-wide. It received an Australian Design Council award for outstanding industrial design. The later Combined Operating Magnifier and Indirect Ophthalmoscope (COMINDO) for use in retinal surgery was awarded the Prince Philip Prize for Australian Design.

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Events

1929
Education - Graduated in optometry, University of Adelaide
1931 - 1955
Career position - Lecturer in Optometry, University of Adelaide
1940 - 1945
Career position - co-opted to Weapons Research Establishment, Adelaide
1944 - 1976
Career position - Director, Laubman & Pank
1960 - 1976
Career position - Director, Scientific Optical Laboratories of Australia Pty Ltd (later SOLA International Pty Ltd)
1972
Career position - Founding member, National Vision Research Institute
1975
Magnifier and Indirect Ophthalmoscope)
1976
Live event - Retired
1980
Award - Honorary Life Membership, Victorian College of Optometry
1987
Award - DSc honoris causa, Flinders University

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • McAllister, Ian L., Keeler, Richard and Burrows, Clive, 'Schultz-Crock binocular ophthalmoscope', Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology, vol. 41, 2013, pp. 603-6. Details

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