Schmidt Magnetometer

Schmidt Magnetometer

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This magnetometer measures the vertical component of the earth's magnetic force. The form was designed by Adolph Schmidt in Germany around 1915 and widely used for prospecting purposes. The "MADE BY G. R. & D.C. PITTSBURGH, PA M-9" inscription refers to the Gulf Research & Development Corp., the firm that donated 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.
Place Made
United States: Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh
overall: 45 1/2 in; 115.57 cm
overall; magnetometer: 45 1/2 in x 7 1/2 in x 6 13/16 in; 115.57 cm x 19.05 cm x 17.30375 cm
overall; brass triangle: 7/8 in x 23 3/8 in x 20 3/8 in; 2.2225 cm x 59.3725 cm x 51.7525 cm
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Credit Line
Gulf Research & Development Corp.
Science & Scientific Instruments
Science & Scientific Instruments
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