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Herbert and Nicole Wertheim 

Herbert and Nicole Wertheim
Herbert and Nicole Wertheim.
Photo used with permission from Florida International University.

Herbert Wertheim, OD, is a scientist, clinician, entrepreneur, philanthropist and community leader whose enduring discoveries and contributions in eye care and other scientific fields have touched millions. 

Dr. Wertheim is founder and CEO of Brain Power Incorporated, the world’s largest manufacturer of ophthalmic, instruments and chemicals. He has served as an advisor, chairman or board member of 18 private and public companies in banking, health care, aerospace, real estate, transportation and several high tech industries.

Dr. Wertheim’s contributions in eye care and other scientific fields have touched millions. His company, Brain Power Incorporated, produces more than 4,000 optical related products. He was the first to discover and produce UV light dye absorbers for eyeglasses, and to find that UV light caused cataracts and retinal deterioration. A passionate community leader, Dr. Wertheim has supported numerous programs in education, research and the arts. He and his wife, Nicole, are also members of the Giving Pledge, to which he and some of the world’s wealthiest people, including Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, promised to donate more than half of their wealth to philanthropic causes. The gift to UC San Diego was made in honor of the Wertheims’ 48th wedding anniversary.

"The most important thing we can achieve is making our communities healthier across the lifespan, and thus more productive. Prevention, is and always will be the best medicine."
- Herbert Wertheim, OD