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History of Geo- and Space Sciences An open-access journal
Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 1, 77-87, 2010
http://www.hist-geo-space-sci.net/1/77/2010/
doi:10.5194/hgss-1-77-2010
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22 Dec 2010
Georg von Neumayer and geomagnetic research
W. Schröder1, K.-H. Wiederkehr2, and K. Schlegel3 1Geophysical Commission, Hechelstraße 8, 28777 Bremen, Germany
2Institut für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Universität Hamburg, 20146 Hamburg, Germany
3Copernicus Gesellschaft e.V., Bahnhofsallee 1a, 37081 Göttingen, Germany
Abstract. Neumayer was a prominent figure in the development of geophysics in the 19th century from a scientific as well as from an organisational point of view. In this paper we review and highlight his activities and efforts in geomagnetic research within five different aspects of geomagnetism: regional geomagnetic surveys, geomagnetic work in German naval observatories, geomagnetic investigations during the First Polar Year 1882/83, modifications of the Gaussian theory, and geomagnetic charts. In each field Neumayer was a researcher, a thinker, and a stimulating coordinator.

Citation: Schröder, W., Wiederkehr, K.-H., and Schlegel, K.: Georg von Neumayer and geomagnetic research, Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 1, 77-87, doi:10.5194/hgss-1-77-2010, 2010.
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