Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 12, 163–170, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-12-163-2021
Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 12, 163–170, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-12-163-2021

Tribute 23 Sep 2021

Tribute | 23 Sep 2021

Eduard Heis, an early pioneer in meteor research

Ulrich Sperberg

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At the beginning of the 19th century, meteor observations were not well established. One of its pioneers, who observed meteors on a regular basis, was Eduard Heis in Münster, Germany. We summarise the life of this scientist. Besides his main task of teaching mathematics in Aachen and Münster, he observed atmospheric phenomena and variable stars with exceptional perseverance. We focus on his contributions to meteor astronomy, with which he predated the work of Schiaparelli by 30 years.