Johann Gottlieb Friedrich von Bohnenberger

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Johann Gottlieb Friedrich von Bohnenberger.

Johann Gottlieb Friedrich von Bohnenberger (15 June 1765 – 19 April 1831) was a German astronomer born at Simmozheim, Württemberg. He studied at the University of Tübingen. In 1798, he was appointed professor of mathematics and astronomy at the University.

He published:

  • Anleitung zur geographischen Ortsbestimmung (Guide to geographic locations), 1795
  • Astronomie (Astronomy), 1811
  • Anfangsgründe der höhern Analysis (Initial reasons of higher analysis), 1812.

In 1817, he systematically explained the design and use of a gyroscope apparatus which he called simply a “Machine.” Several examples of the 'Machine' were constructed by J.W.G. Buzengeiger of Tübingen. Johann Friedrich Benzenberg had already mentioned Bohnenberger's invention (describing it at length) in several letters beginning in 1810. [1]

Bohnenberger died at Tübingen.

The lunar crater Bohnenberger is named after him.


  1. ^ Wagner, Jörg Friedrich and Andor Trierenberg (December 2010). "The Origin of the Gyroscope: The Machine of Bohnenberger" (PDF). Researchgate. Retrieved 18 October 2018.

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