Acta Historica Astronomiae Vol. 12 - Abstract

Peter Brosche

The astronomer of the duchess -- Life and work of Franz Xaver von Zach 1754-1832.


The astronomer, geodesist, geographer and historian of science Franz Xaver von Zach (1754-1832) lived and worked in several European countries. Duke Ernst II of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg appointed him as the founding scientist of his Seeberg Observatory. This was the place of his strongest activity.

Why should we have an interest in him today? There is a rationale and an emotional answer. First, he has rendered organisational services to his sciences which are equivalent to a great scientific achievement. Second, Zach was a very colourful character, travelled across many states in a time of radical changes and had connections with many colleagues and public figures.

Images from his life therefore offer outlooks, insights and relations.


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Letzte Änderung 2019-05-29 durch H. Steinle