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Alfons Hörmann Recap

Having been retired for more than a year now, I continue to look back at my active years and write about them. This time I’m writing about Alfons Hörmann. In no way, shape or form do I consider myself an expert in this venerable man who had a significant impact on the world of radio broadcasting before him and is still considered one of the best in his field. I may be able to say that I knew him as a distant acquaintance, but I’m not going to claim that I knew him well enough to exhaust my subject matter.

If you are looking for a biography of Alfons Hörmann, you should try and look for one in German. There is not very much literature in English about him.

There are only two books available in English, one from this writer (forgive the tone if it was inappropriate) and the other by his daughter and granddaughter, which was a translation from the German book by Doris Püschel-Weber and Martin Schmidt.

Gentlemen: The art of Alfons Hörmann has been released by Pen & Sword Books. It is fully translated with the help of Martin Schmidt and Phil Clark.

This book is not meant to be a biography but rather a retrospective view of a certain era dominated by Alfons Hörmann and his outstanding design philosophy over many decades. The publication features all projects that he either developed or enjoyed, ranging from the 1930s to the present day. An introduction written in English will provide you with an insight into his background and his illustrious career. With historical documents, original illustrations, and detailed explanations, this book pays tribute to one of the undisputed pioneers in broadcasting technology.

This book was written in German and was released in 2011 by VDM publishing house.

This is the second book about Alfons Hörmann, published in 2015. It is not a biography as well, but rather an overview of his life, work, and achievements – specifically from the perspective of his daughter and granddaughter. They were born from Alfons’ first marriage, that had ended with his wife’s death before he met his second wife, Luise. The book also provides more than 70 illustrations and documents from the private family archive that reflect Alfons Hörmann’s vivid production period between 1940 –1959. View full profile of Alfons Hormann at https://www.linkedin.com/in/alfons-h%C3%B6rmann-577241243/

Lara Andreyes