Reino Antero Hirvonen
Scientist, Deceased Person
1908 – 1989
Who was Reino Antero Hirvonen?
He worked at first at the Finnish Geodetic Institute under W.A. Heiskanen on gravimetric geoid determination. In 1950 he succeeded Heiskanen as Professor of Geodesy at the Helsinki University of Technology.
Hirvonen R.A. participated in 1930s building and measuring the Finnish landscape to higher accuracy than before by building triangulation measuring towers and developing new mathematical algorithms for the manual calculations.
In 1947 he led the team of Finnish scientist to Brazil to measure the distance between South America and Africa. They succeed with measurements using a triangulation method based on measuring points in Brazil and Africa. The third point of the triangle was the solar eclipse happening that year, which was visible in both Africa and South America.
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