The early years of the 20th century saw a rapid and vigorous development of the natural sciences and technology in Germany, and the University of Leipzig was involved in this fast moving evolution.
The Geophysical Institute was established on January 1, 1913. At that time geophysics and meteorology were considered subsections of physics and geosciences. They were divided into Physics of the Solid Earth (Geophysics), Physics of the Atmosphere (Meteorology), and Physics of the Hydrosphere (Oceanography). The goal of the new Geophysical Institute was the joint treatment of all three scientific branches.
This volume outlines the important stages in the history of geophysics and meteorology at the University of Leipzig from the Geophysical Institute in 1913 to the Institute of Geophysics and Geology and the Institute for Meteorology in 2013.