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History of Geo- and Space Sciences An open-access journal
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Volume 1, issue 2
Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 1, 77-87, 2010
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-1-77-2010
© Author(s) 2010. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 1, 77-87, 2010
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-1-77-2010
© Author(s) 2010. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

  22 Dec 2010

22 Dec 2010

Georg von Neumayer and geomagnetic research

W. Schröder1, K.-H. Wiederkehr2, and K. Schlegel3 W. Schröder et al.
  • 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.

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