Journal article

Georg Neumayer and Melbourne observatory: An institutional legacy

R Gillespie

Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria | Published : 2011


This paper assesses Georg Neumayer’s impact on the Victorian scientific community, and especially his role in the establishment of Melbourne Observatory as a major scientific institution in colonial Australia. Neumayer’s arrival in Melbourne to pursue his own scientific project triggered a chain of events that would lead to the creation of Melbourne Observatory and the integration of Neumayer’s geomagnetic and meteorological research into the ongoing program of the observatory. The location of the observatory in South Yarra was a direct result of Neumayer’s insistence that the site was the most suitable for geomagnetic measurement. Most critically, Neumayer’s attempts to get approval for his..

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