Schmidt Magnetometer

This type of magnetometer measures the vertical component of the earth's magnetic force. This form was designed by Adolph Schmidt in Germany around 1915 and widely used for prospecting purposes. This example is marked "MADE BY G. R. & D.C. PITTSBURGH, PA M-9." It came to the Smithsonian in 1964.

Ref: John A. Fleming, ed., Terrestrial Magnetism and Electricity (New York, 1939), pp. 112, 120-127.

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Object Name
Schmidt magnetometer
Gulf Research & Development Corp.
overall: 45 1/2 in; 115.57 cm
Place Made
United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
ID Number
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Measuring & Mapping
Science & Mathematics
Science & Scientific Instruments
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gulf Research & Development Corp.
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