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Erwin Otto Marx was a German electrical engineer who invented the Marx generator, a device for producing high voltage electrical pulses.

Erwin Otto Marx
Born(1893-01-15)15 January 1893
Died11 January 1980(1980-01-11) (aged 86)
Braunschweig, Lower Saxony, Germany[1]
OccupationElectrical engineer
Known forInventor of the Marx generator

He worked as an engineering scientist in Braunschweig from 1918 to 1950 where he performed research and development for electrical power distribution via long distances.


The Erwin Marx Award is awarded for contributions by individual engineers to pulsed power technology.[2] It was awarded for the first time in 1981 at the 3rd IEEE International Pulsed Power Conference.[3]

The VDE local chapter Braunschweig awards an annual "Erwin-Marx-Prize" to successful graduates from the Braunschweig University of Technology and/or the Ostfalia Hochschule für angewandte Wissenschaften.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Ahrens, Ingrid (1990). "Marx, Erwin". Neue Deutsche Biographie (in German). Retrieved 9 October 2015.
  2. ^ "The Erwin Marx Award". University of New Mexico Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Retrieved 2010-02-04.
  3. ^ "Pulsed Power Conference History". Sandia National Laboratories. Archived from the original on 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2010-02-04.