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Volume 9, issue 2 | Copyright

Special issue: History of geophysical institutes and observatories

Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 9, 125-131, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-9-125-2018
© Author(s) 2018. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Review article 24 Aug 2018

Review article | 24 Aug 2018

Hermanus Magnetic Observatory: a historical perspective of geomagnetism in southern Africa

Pieter B. Kotzé Pieter B. Kotzé
  • 1South African National Space Agency, Space Science, Hermanus, South Africa
  • 2Centre for Space Research, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

Abstract. In this paper a brief summary will be given about the historical development of geomagnetism as a science in southern Africa and particularly the role played by Hermanus Magnetic Observatory in this regard. From a very modest beginning in 1841 as a recording station at the Cape of Good Hope, Hermanus Magnetic Observatory is today part of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), where its geomagnetic field data are extensively used in international research projects ranging from the physics of the geo-dynamo to studies of the near-Earth space environment.

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In this paper a brief summary will be given of the historical development of geomagnetism as a science in southern Africa and particularly the role played by Hermanus Magnetic Observatory in this regard. From a very modest beginning in 1841 as a recording station at the Cape of Good Hope Hermanus Magnetic Observatory is today part of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA), where its geomagnetic field data are extensively used in international research projects with a wide range.
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