Friedrich Hopfner

Friedrich Hopfner (28 October 1881 – 5 September 1949) was an Austrian geodesist, geophysicist and planetary scientist.

Friedrich Hopfner
Born(1881-10-28)28 October 1881
Died5 September 1949(1949-09-05) (aged 67)
Alma materCharles University in Prague
(German division)
AwardsOskar Freiherr von Rothschild-Preis
Scientific career
FieldsGeodesy, geophysics, astronomy
InstitutionsPrague Observatory
Maritime Observatory in Trieste
Vienna Bureau of Geodesy
Austrian Geodetic Survey
Vienna University of Technology

As an officer of the Austro-Hungarian Empire he began his scientific work at the Bureau of Meteorology. In 1921 he became Chief Astronomer at the new Geodetic Survey of Austria (Federal Office for Metrology and Survey or Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen). From 1936 to 1942 and from 1945 to 1949 he was a professor at the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) and over the 1948-9 term he was the university's rector.

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