Evaluation of Robert Sterneck’s Historical Gravity Pendulum Measurements in the Czech Territory

  • Alena Pešková
  • Martin Lederer
  • Otakar Nesvadba
Conference paper
Part of the International Association of Geodesy Symposia book series (IAG SYMPOSIA, volume 147)


Robert Daublebsky von Sterneck, bohemian aristocrat, astronomer, geophysicist and geodesist, devoted part of his live to pendulum gravity measurements. More than one hundred Sterneck’s pendulum gravity observations were performed between 1889 and 1895 on the Czech territory (i.e Bohemia, Moravia and Czech Silesia). Until present, thorough evaluation of the accuracy of these measurements was not accomplished. On the basis of original Sterneck’s field books the station locations were investigated and their true positions identified. For this purpose, all available original handwritten notes were translated and often even puzzled out. The observed values have been compared with the actual knowledge of the Earth’s gravity field.


Gravity reference system Pendulum gravity observation Robert Daublebsky von Sterneck 



We hereby thank to Dr. Diethard Ruess from BEV (Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen) in Austria for his help and assistance with searching in archives.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alena Pešková
    • 1
  • Martin Lederer
    • 2
  • Otakar Nesvadba
    • 2
  1. 1.Czech Technical UniversityPraha 6Czech Republic
  2. 2.Land Survey OfficePraha 8Czech Republic

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