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Resolute and undertaking characters : the lives of Wilhelm and Otto Struve

Author: A H Batten
Publisher: Dordrecht ; Boston : D. Reidel Pub. Co. ; Norwell, MA, U.S.A. : Sold and distributed in the U.S.A. and Canada by Kluwer Academic Publishers, ©1988.
Series: Astrophysics and space science library, v. 139.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
Database:WorldCat
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Wilhelm Struve founded a dynasty of astronomers that lasted into the fifth generation. This book follows the fortunes of the first three generations: Wilhelm himself was an outstanding astronomer and geodesist, famous for his pioneering observations of double stars - observations whose quality had not been surpassed until the development of modern methods of instrumental observational analysis. He is also well known  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Named Person: F G W Struve; Otto Struve; F G W Struve; O W Struve; F G W Struve; Otto Struve; Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve; Otto Wilhelm Struve; Otto Wilhelm von Struve; Friedrich G W Struve; Struve, F. G. W <1793-1864> - (Friedrich Georg Wilhelm); Struve, O. W <1819-1905> - (Otto W.); Friedrich G W Struve; Otto Wilhelm von Struve
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: A H Batten
ISBN: 9027726523 9789027726520
OCLC Number: 17104970
Description: xxv, 259 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Family origins and Wilhelm's childhood --
Student days at Dorpat University --
Astronomy at the beginning of the nineteenth century --
Measuring the earth --
The great refractor --
The founding of Pulkovo --
The astronomical capital of the world --
Measuring the sky --
The early Pulkovo years --
"Etudes d'astronomic stellaire" --
Wilhelm's illness and last years --
The transition --
The companion of Procyon and the transits of Venus --
The 30-inch refractor --
Mapping the sky --
Otto's retirement and last years --
The family tradition.
Series Title: Astrophysics and space science library, v. 139.
Other Titles: Lives of Wilhelm and Otto Struve.
Responsibility: by Alan H. Batten.
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Wilhelm Struve founded a dynasty of astronomers that lasted into the fifth generation. This book follows the fortunes of the first three generations: Wilhelm himself was an outstanding astronomer and geodesist, famous for his pioneering observations of double stars - observations whose quality had not been surpassed until the development of modern methods of instrumental observational analysis. He is also well known as one of the three men who - almost simultaneously - succeeded in measuring the distance to one of the fixed stars. He founded the great observatory of Pulkovo, just outside modern Leningrad, and was succeeded as Director of the institution by his son Otto, who forms the subject of the second part of the book. Otto, too, was a famous observer of double stars and a great practitioner of the fundamental astronomy of the nineteenth century.

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