Heinrich Rudolf Hertz, a pioneer in understanding radio waves, was born in Hamburg on February 22, 1857. Though he died on January 1, 1894 at the age of thirty-seven, Hertz contributed greatly to the world of science through his discovery. Hertz’s success was impacted by his prosperous upbringing.Heinrich Hertz grew up in a cultured Hanseatic family, a family descended from wealthy traders from northern Germany that eventually lost their monopoly. Regardless, Hanseatic families still held many leadership positions in their towns such as senators and pastors. This is evident as Hertz’s life as his father Gustav Hertz had been both during his lifetime. The success of his family allowed for Hertz to go to rigorous private schools such as that under the rule of the taskmaster Richard Lange. In this private school, error was not accepted, however, Hertz prevailed and ended each school year top of his class. Hertz’s advanced education and natural mindset allowed him to pursue his earliest curiosities: tinkering and constructing. At the age of twelve, Hertz built a galvanometer and spectroscope so well they lasted him through college many years later using only his workbench, woodworking tools and skills, and a recently acquired lathe. Hertz’s abilities did not falter there, however, as he also bore an extraordinary gift for learning languages both modern and ancient. At the age of fifteen, he left Richard Lange’s school for the Johanneum Gymnasium where he excelled in Greek while also taking private lessons in Arabic. In the coming years, Hertz was often undecided on what he wanted to pursue for a career. After around six changes in four years, Hertz decided to pursue his greatest curiosity and love: science.Hertz began was more pursuant and enthusiastic than ever with his studies and experiments one he was decided to major in science. In the winter of 1887, Hertz studied many scientific studies, read scientific journals, and attended some science lectures. The following spring he worked towards his own laboratory experience with Gustav von Jolly before studying under the German physicist Hermann von Helmholtz. Helmholtz noticed Hertz natural learning abilities and understanding of science immediately and encouraged him to write a research paper proving whether or not electricity moved with inertia. During his experiments to test if electricity moved with inertia, Hertz found he was a hands-on learner and preferred to learn and teach himself best. Hertz proved that electricity does not move with inertia and moved on to later graduate early in 1880 receiving his Ph.D. magna cum laude from the University of Berlin.