Arthur Berson (1859 - 1942)

Arthur Berson und Umberto Nobile
Arthur Berson and Umberto Nobile (source: Bundesarchiv, picture 102-01-016, photographer: unknown, licence CC-BY-SA 3.0)


Arthur Berson (1859–1942) was a German meteorologist and a pioneering aerologist. He set a German track record as a balloonist in 1894, flying from Berlin to Denmark in 18 hours and 35 minutes. Berson completed several spectacular balloon trips to research the Earth’s atmosphere. Amongst other things, he was the first balloonist to successfully cross the Baltic Sea. Berson saw meteorology as the physics of the atmosphere. He worked at the aeronautical observatory in Berlin-Tegel and the observatory in Lindenberg.