n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - The magnetic observatory buildings at the Royal Observatory, Cape
|Article Title||The magnetic observatory buildings at the Royal Observatory, Cape|
|© Publisher:||Astronomical Society of Southern Africa (ASSA)|
|Journal||MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa|
|Affiliations||1 South African Astronomical Observatory|
|Publication Date||Oct 2015|
|Pages||204 - 212|
During the 1830s there arose a strong international movement, promoted by Carl Friedrich Gauss and Alexander von Humboldt, to characterise the earth's magnetic field. By 1839 the Royal Society in London, driven by Edward Sabine, had organised a "Magnetic Crusade" - the establishment of a series of magnetic and meteorological observatories around the British Empire, including New Zealand, Australia, St Helena and the Cape. Members of the Royal Artillery were assigned to man them.
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