Papers of Frank Back, optical engineer and founder and president of Zoomar Inc., an optical engineering company specializing
in lens design for television, motion picture and single-lens reflex cameras. Materials include biographical documents, reprints
and typescript drafts of Back's professional writings, patent applications, correspondence, miscellaneous Zoomar records and
memorabilia, and documents related to Back's brother-in-law, Herbert Lowen.
Frank Gerhard Back was born in Vienna, Austria, on August 25, 1902. Upon completion of his secondary schooling in 1920, Back
matriculated at the Technische Hochschule (Technical University) in Vienna, where he received his masters in engineering in
1925 and a doctorate in science in 1931. He worked as a self-employed consulting engineer in Vienna until September of 1938
when he moved to France. Back remained in France for less than a year and during the summer of 1939, he immigrated to the
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