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Wilhelm Beer

Wilhelm Beer

Astronomer and banker
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Astronomer and banker
Countries Confederation of the Rhine German Confederation North German Confederation
Occupations Selenographer Astronomer Cartographer Banker Politician
A.K.A. Wilhelm Beer
Gender male
Birth January 4, 1797 (Berlin)
Death March 27, 1850 (Berlin)
Family
Mother: Amalie Beer
Siblings: Giacomo MeyerbeerMichael Beer
The details
Biography

Wilhelm Wolff Beer (4 January 1797 – 27 March 1850) was a banker and astronomer from Berlin, Prussia, and the brother of Giacomo Meyerbeer.

Astronomy

Beer's fame derives from his hobby, astronomy. He built a private observatory with a 9.5 cm refractor in Tiergarten, Berlin. Together with Johann Heinrich Mädler he produced the first exact map of the Moon (entitled Mappa Selenographica) in 1834-1836, and in 1837 published a description of the Moon (Der Mond nach seinen kosmischen und individuellen Verhältnissen). Both remained the best descriptions of the Moon for many decades.

In 1830, Beer and Mädler created the first globe of the planet Mars. In 1840 they made a map of Mars and calculated its rotation period to be 24 h 37 min 22.7 s, only 0.1 seconds different from the actual period as it is known today.

Other work

Beer was multi-talented. In addition to his hobby of astronomy, he helped with the establishment of a railway system in Prussia, and promoted the Jewish community in Berlin. In his last decade of life, he worked as a writer and politician. In 1849 he was elected as an MP for the first chamber of the Prussian parliament.

Named after Beer

The crater Beer on Mars is named in Wilhelm Beer's honor and lies near Mädler. There is also a crater called Beer on the Moon and an asteroid 1896 Beer.

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References
http://data.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb102621595
http://isni.org/isni/0000000122591524
http://socialarchive.iath.virginia.edu/ark:/99166/w6f59rc1
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http://www.uapress.arizona.edu/onlinebks/mars/chap04.htm
https://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb102621595
https://d-nb.info/gnd/119474735
https://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/n88256979
https://libris.kb.se/auth/215171
https://viaf.org/viaf/56913385
https://web.archive.org/web/20040208043324/http://humbabe.arc.nasa.gov/mgcm/fun/mars_chro.html
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