Articles | Volume 8, issue 2
Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 8, 79–95, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-8-79-2017
Hist. Geo Space. Sci., 8, 79–95, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hgss-8-79-2017

Review article 08 Aug 2017

Review article | 08 Aug 2017

Friedrich Robert Helmert, founder of modern geodesy, on the occasion of the centenary of his death

Johannes Ihde and Andreas Reinhold

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Short summary
Friedrich Robert Helmert died in Potsdam in 1917. He was, for over 30 years, director of the Royal Prussian Geodetic Institute and of the Central Bureau of the Internationale Erdmessung, today's IAG. He dedicated his life and his scientific career to the field of geodesy. His teachings on theoretical and physical geodesy were incorporated into university curricula around the world and hence into international endeavours to measure planet Earth.