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
Received: 08 Sep 2010 – Revised: 14 Nov 2010 – Accepted: 30 Nov 2010 – Published: 22 Dec 2010
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.
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.