The European Scientist

Symposium on the era and work of Franz Xaver von Zach (1754-1832)

Budapest 15-17 September 2004

First Announcement


This symposium celebrates the era and work of Franz Xaver von Zach on the 250th anniversary of his birth.

The meeting will bring together international experts in the history of science to present papers on the following topics.

Topics covered

Biographical aspects Scientific periodicals Meetings of scientists Enlightenment, freemasonry and religious orders Interaction with politics The role of “managers of science” Gauss and the Hungarian science The evolution of star catalogues Minor planets and celestial mechanics Astrogeodetic instruments Local and global geodesy and navigation Civil and military cartography Geography and geophysics


Sept. 15 to Sept. 17, 2004. The symposium precedes the autumn meeting of the Astronomische Gesellschaft, held in Prague at Sept. 20-25, 2004.


The meeting will take place in the main building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest, Hungary.


In medium category hotels, next to the building of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, cost per night: 65 Euro in a single and 85 Euro in a double room (including breakfast).


Participation is open for everybody who is interested in this subject.


Interested participants are invited to register with the enclosed registration form. There is no registration fee. Accompanying persons are welcome.


We intend to publish proceedings of the symposium.

Scientific Organizing Committee: Peter Brosche (Daun/Bonn, chairman) Jim Caplan (Marseille) Anita McConnell (London) Gudrun Wolfschmidt (Hamburg)

Locat Organizing Committee (Budapest): Bela Balazs Lajos G. Balazs (chairman) Laszlo Parkos Magda Vargha Endre Zsoldos


The era and work of Franz Xaver von Zach

Budapest 15-17 September

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Return to: Prof. L. G. Balazs, Konkoly Observatory, P. O. Box 67, H-1525 Budapest, Hungary. Fax: (36)(1)275-4668 e-mail: [email protected]