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Osterbrock, Donald E.

Overview
Works: 91 works in 201 publications in 2 languages and 6,083 library holdings
Genres: History  Conference proceedings  Biography 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Thesis advisor, Creator
Classifications: QB82.U62, 522.1977589
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Yerkes Observatory, 1892-1950 the birth, near death, and resurrection of a scientific research institution by Donald E Osterbrock( )
13 editions published between 1997 and 1999 in English and held by 2,113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Drawing on his experience as historian of astronomy, practicing astrophysicist, and director of Lick Observatory, Donald Osterbrock uncovers a chapter in the history of astronomy by providing the story of the Yerkes Observatory. "An excellent description of the ups and downs of a major observatory."?Jack Meadows, Nature. "Historians are much indebted to Osterbrock for this new contribution to the fascinating story of twentieth-century American astronomy."?Adriaan Blaauw, Journal for the History of Astronomy. "An important reference about one of the key American observa
Astrophysics of gaseous nebulae by Donald E Osterbrock( Book )
29 editions published between 1974 and 2006 in English and held by 1,072 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Origins and extinctions : based on a Symposium on Life and the Universe, held at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., April 30, 1986 by Symposium on Life and the Universe( Book )
9 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 507 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Eye on the sky : Lick Observatory's first century by Donald E Osterbrock( Book )
6 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 409 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Walter Baade : a life in astrophysics by Donald E Osterbrock( Book )
4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 365 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Although less well known outside the field than Edwin Hubble, Walter Baade was arguably the most influential observational astronomer of the twentieth century. Written by a fellow astronomer deeply familiar with Baade and his work, this is the first biography of this major figure in American astronomy. In it, Donald Osterbrock suggests that Baade's greatest contribution to astrophysics was not, as is often contended, his revision of Hubble's distance and age scales for the universe. Rather, it was his discovery of two distinct stellar populations: old and young stars. This discovery opened wide the previously marginal fields of stellar and galactic evolution - research areas that would be among the most fertile and exciting in all of astrophysics for decades to come."--Jacket
Pauper & prince : Ritchey, Hale, & big American telescopes by Donald E Osterbrock( Book )
7 editions published in 1993 in English and Undetermined and held by 303 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
George Willis Ritchey was the builder of the first large, successful American reflecting telescopes. A telescope designer who perfected the methods for making astronomical mirrors and a master of celestial photography, Ritchey worked closely with George Ellery Hale, the phenomenal fund-raiser and organizer of observatories. Mount Wilson Observatory stands today as a monument to their collaboration, yet their very success led to tension, estrangement, and finally to Ritchey's dismissal and banishment by Hale. Scientists and historians today know of Ritchey only through the reports of Hale and Walter S. Adams, Hales's successor as director at Mount Wilson. We associate Ritchey with the Ritchey-Chretien system, used in almost all large reflecting telescopes today, with the 60-inch Mount Wilson telescope, and with the 100-inch Mount Wilson mirror, but we know little about his life and career. Yet today's large telescopes have demonstrated the validity of many of Ritchey's predictions, which seemed fantastic to most of the astronomers of his day. Astronomical historian Donald Osterbrock now tells Ritchey's story, tracing his career and revealing its complex interrelationships with Hale's. Drawing on letters preserved in astronomical archives and on interviews with individuals who knew Ritchey personally, Osterbrock's book reveals the impact of human pride, ambition, and character on the development of scientific knowledge and technology. It also treats the telescope-building aspects of Hale's life at Yerkes, Mount Wilson, and Palomar observatories, and shows how the relationship among these men helped the United States take the lead in developing major astronomical facilities
James E. Keeler, pioneer American astrophysicist, and the early development of American astrophysics by Donald E Osterbrock( Book )
6 editions published between 1984 and 2002 in English and held by 300 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Stars and galaxies : citizens of the universe : readings from Scientific American magazine by Donald E Osterbrock( Book )
5 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 239 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Active galactic nuclei : proceedings of the 134th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union, held in Santa Cruz, California, August 15-19, 1988 by Donald E Osterbrock( Book )
12 editions published in 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 200 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The analysis of emission lines : a meeting in honour of the 70th birthdays of D.E. Osterbrock & M.J. Seaton : proceedings of the Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium, held in Baltimore, Maryland, May 16-18, 1994 by Space Telescope Science Institute Symposium( Book )
6 editions published in 1995 in English and held by 166 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Planetary nebulae by Donald E Osterbrock( Book )
11 editions published between 1967 and 1968 in 3 languages and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Planetary nebulae. Symposium no. 34 held in Tatranská Lomnica, Czechoslovakia, 4-8 September 1967 by Symposium on Planetary Nebulae( Book )
3 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Origins and Extinctions : Essays ( Book )
1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Planetary nebulae. Symposium held in Tatranská Lomnica, Czechoslavakia 4-8 September 1967 by Symposium on Planetary Nebulae( Book )
2 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Some problems in theoretical astrophysics by Donald E Osterbrock( )
2 editions published in 1952 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Planetary nebulae : held in Tatrnaská Lomnica, Czechoslovakia, 4-8 September 1967 ( Book )
1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Rudolph Leo Minkowski : 1895-1976 by Donald E Osterbrock( Book )
2 editions published in 1983 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Planetary nebulae : International Astronomical Union, Symposium No. 34, held in Tatranská Lomnica, Czechoslovakia, 4-8 September 1967 ( Book )
3 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The view from the observatory : history is too important to be left to the historians by Donald E Osterbrock( Book )
2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"As the first astronomer turned historian of astronomy relatively late in life to receive the LeRoy Doggett Prize, I am especially grateful to its Committee for this high honor. I knew LeRoy well and worked with him when he was Secretary Treasurer of the HAD before his untimely death. I will begin my lecture by paying tribute to my mentors who encouraged and helped me to become a historian of astronomy, Mary Lea Heger Shane, Owen Gingerich, Helen Wright, and William G. Hoyt. Then I will speak briefly on why I think astronomers are interested in the history of their science, buttressed by quotations from Ecclesiasticus, Henry Ford, Thucydides, and Herodotus. Basically it is because we are interested in our roots, just as members of a family are interested in its roots. I will talk briefly about the Mary Lea Shane Archives of the Lick Observatory, and what a resource it is for my specialty, American Astronomy in the Big-Telescope Era. Its Curator, Dorothy Schaumberg, has helped me and hundreds of other historians of astronomy tremendously. I believe it helps anyone who wants to understand the history of astronomy to know and understand astronomy. History must be based on facts, which archives, scientific papers, and books can provide. Immersion in a field like astronomy makes one better qualified to understand what others have done in that field, and how they did it, as Ibsen, Hemingway, Tuchman, and Grisham have all stated and proved by example. Finally I will give a progress report on my current project, the life and scientific career of the early American astronomer and solar physicist Charles A. Young (1834-1908). Astronomy was very different in his 'small-telescope era,' but there are many modern resonances in his problems and their solutions."
 
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Alternative Names
Osterbrock, D. E.
Osterbrock, D. E. 1924-2007
Osterbrock, D. E. (Donald E.)
Osterbrock, Donald Edward 1924-2007
Languages
English (135)
German (1)
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