August Heinrich Petermann

August Heinrich Petermann

Born Apr 18, 1822

Augustus Heinrich Petermann was a German cartographer.

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1822 Birth Born on April 18, 1822.


1839 17 Years Old 1 More Event
Petermann started in y.lpotsdam at 7 August 1839. … Read More


1845 23 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In April 1845 he followed Lange, who received him in his house in Edinburgh and acquainted him with the friends he had made. … Read More
1847 25 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1847, Petermann moved to London with the intention of furthering his geographical studies and then returning to Germany. … Read More
1848 26 Years Old …  From 1848 onwards he published amongst others things and the following articles and maps with English publishers or in English language journals:
1850 28 Years Old 1 More Event
London, 1828–1921), and in 1850 founded his own establishment: The Geographical Establishment, Engraving, Lithographic and Printing Office.
1851 29 Years Old It is no surprise to see that his sphere of interest in ‘current’ geography, was only sharpened when paired with his updating of Stieler’s Hand-Atlas. In stressing the geographic nature of cartography, he showed himself more a Humboldtian than a follower of Ritter’s political-historical school. M. Linke et al. wrote in 1986: "There seems to be no doubt that Petermann’s work contributed to the high standards of British cartography during these years. T.W. Freeman has noted that ‘Fine maps had been produced in the 1851 Census by August Heinrich Petermann during his long stay in Britain (1845–54) with the Johnston map firm in Edinburgh and later in London, but since his departure the standard has declined’ ".


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1856 34 Years Old In 1856 Petermann had married Clara Leslie and had two daughters with her. They were divorced in 1875. … Read More
1857 35 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In 1857 the President of the Royal Geographical Society, Sir Roderick Murchison, praised PGM for its fast reporting of diverse explorations, and spoke against the jealousy of those in his own Society who felt that exploration supported primarily by the British should first be published in Britain: he thought the Perthes Institute enriched the scientific geographic discourse. … Read More
1860 38 Years Old In 1860 Petermann decided that these should be listed in a more structured way, the latter temporarily as Geographischer Literatur Bericht für ****(1886–1909), maybe inspired by Kroner’s literature lists in the Zeitschrift für allgemeine Erdkunde of the ‘Gesellschaft für Erdkunde’. … Read More


1862 40 Years Old Though Petermanns name appears on hundreds of maps, Wagner suggests he stopped drafting maps himself after 1862. … Read More
…  He actually started to push his interest in this subject in the 1865 issue of PGM and with the publication of supplement 16 (Ergänzungsband IV) in 1865. … Read More
1869 47 Years Old In 1869 he published a map of the Arctic Ocean North of Wrangel Island with all exploration routes between 1648 and 1867 and a map with sea-temperatures in the Greenland Sea and the Norwegian Sea as observed by the German expedition. … Read More


1873 51 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Since the map was drafted on top of Petermann’s earlier map of Siberia, from 1873, I conclude that this might have been a way to honour Petermann.
1878 56 Years Old 1 More Event
He first showcased his colour contouring system at the Paris Exhibition of 1878; although it initially met with skepticism, it went on to become standard cartographical practice". … Read More
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