Hans Benndorf

Physicist, Deceased Person

1870 – 1953

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Who was Hans Benndorf?

Hans Benndorf was an Austrian physicist born in Zurich, and died in Graz. He made several contributions in the field of seismology and in his research of atmospheric electricity.

He was the son of archaeologist Otto Benndorf and the grandson of physiologist Rudolf Wagner.

In 1895 he earned his doctorate from the University of Vienna, and subsequently became an assistant to Franz Serafin Exner. In 1904 be became an associate professor of meteorology at the University of Graz. In 1910 he replaced Leopold Pfaundler as professor of physics, a position he kept until 1936. In 1945 he resumed his duties in physics at Graz.

In 1927 he was elected as a full member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences, and from 1932 to 1934 was university rector. From 1924 he worked closely with geophysicist Alfred Wegener at Graz, also maintaining professional ties with physicist Victor Franz Hess and climatologist Victor Conrad during his career. With Hess he co-authored a comprehensive treatise on atmospheric electricity.

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Born
Dec 13, 1870
Z├╝rich
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Nationality
  • Switzerland
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Died
Feb 11, 1953
Graz

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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