Institute for Geophysics at the University of Göttingen
Friedrich Hund 1st place
37077 Göttingen

Partial public exhibition in the Institute of Geophysics and the Physical Cabinet
Guided tours: by appointment

Contact person:
Dr. Martin Leven
Tel.: +49 551 39-27480

The Institute for Geophysics has its origins in the Geomagnetic Institute, which was founded in January 1898 as a spin-off from "Department B" of the observatory at the University of Göttingen. On July 2, 1898, the Geomagnetic Institute was expanded into a Geophysical Institute, with Emil Wiechert appointed as director. This created the world's first institute for geophysics. The institute's collection was only established in 1997 and mainly contains devices and apparatus for geodetic and geomagnetic measurements from the 19th and early 20th centuries.

However, the seismographs designed by Emil Wiechert (1861–1928) from 1898 onwards and built by the companies Georg Bartels and Spindler & Hoyer are no longer part of the collection but are owned by the association "Wiechert'sche Seismic Observatory Göttingen e.V.".

Martin Leven

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