Ferdinand von Schmöger

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Ferdinand von Schmöger (born January 8, 1792 in Munich , † March 4, 1864 in Regensburg ) was a German astronomer and physicist .


Von Schmöger was born in Munich as the eldest son of the later royal Bavarian councilor and Colonel of the Landwehr Christoph von Schmöger and his wife Katharina born. Sutor born.

After graduating from high school in 1808 at (today's) Wilhelmsgymnasium in Munich and then studying mathematics and physics , he became a high school professor and taught mathematics at the Regensburg Lyceum. At the same time he acted as director of the Regensburg observatory - the former observatory of the St. Emmeram monastery . Schmöger had his introduction to astronomy from the Regensburg professor of mathematics and astronomy , Benedictine monk Placidus Heinrich (1758–1825). In addition, he published numerous didactically valuable specialist books on astronomy, physics, chemistry and mathematics, but also on climatology .

In recognition of his scientific achievements, he was elected a corresponding member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences in 1837 .


  • Textbook of Cosmography , 1817 and 1820.
  • Elements of astronomy and chronology , 1830.
  • Basics of general chemistry , 1842 I.


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Individual evidence

  1. Max Leitschuh: The matriculations of the upper classes of the Wilhelmsgymnasium in Munich , 4 vols., Munich 1970-1976 .; Vol. 3, p. 230.