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Martin Aufmuth

OSA Awards & Distinctions

Martin Aufmuth was born in Immenstadt, Germany in 1974. After his studies at the University of Erlangen-Nurnberg, he taught mathematics and physics from 2004-2014. In 2008 he founded the association co2mouse. Under his presidency 2008-2014, this was the largest climate protection competition for adolescents in Germany. In 2012 he founded OneDollarGlasses. As president of this NGO his strategic goal is to build up a sustainable basic eye care system in developing countries by training people how to produce and dispense high quality and affordable eye glasses.

As an inventor, social entrepreneur and visionary, Aufmuth is working on creative technical and social strategies for solving global problems in the areas of development cooperation and climate change.

In 2015, Aufmuth was awarded the Tech Award (San Jose, USA) in the category economic development. In 2013, among 800 projects worldwide, he won the 1st prize of the “Empowering People Award” of the Siemens Stiftung in Nairobi. He got several other prizes by the UNESCO, the German Government, the German Council for Sustainable Development and the Allianz Foundation.

He received the 2016 Robert E. Hopkins Leadership Award “for leadership in establishing and implementing the project “OneDollarGlasses," a contribution that demonstrates how optics can improve living conditions of millions of people in developing countries.”

Document Created: 19 Dec 2019
Last Updated: 31 Dec 2019