Wilhelm von Bezold
Bezold studied mathematics and physics at the University of Munich and the University of Göttingen. He taught meteorology in Munich from 1861, becoming a professor in 1866. In 1868 he began teaching at the Technical University of Munich. In 1875 he was named a member of the Bavarian Academy of Sciences.
From 1885 to 1907 director of the Prussian Institute of Meteorology at the University of Berlin. His main interest as a scientist was the physics of the atmosphere and he contributed much to the theory of electrical storms.
Bezold was one of the early researchers of atmospheric thermodynamics. He considered pseudo-adiabatic processes describing air as it is lifted, expands, cools, and eventually condenses and precipitates its water vapor.
It was Bezold's investigations of Lichtenberg Dust Figures that were useful to Heinrich Rudolf Hertz during his attempt to physically validate Maxwell's mathematical analysis of electromagnetic waves.
- W. von Bezold, Zur Thermodynamik der Atmosphäre. Pts. I, II. Sitz. K. Preuss. Akad. Wissensch. Berlin, pp. 485-522, 1189-1206; Gesammelte Abhandlugen, pp. 91-144. English translation by Abbe, C. The mechanics of the Earth's atmosphere. Smithsonian Miscellaneous Collections, no 843, 1893, 212-242.
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