© 1995

Stellar Populations

Proceedings of the 164th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union, held in the Hague, The Netherlands, August 15–19, 1994

  • P. C. van der Kruit
  • G. Gilmore
Conference proceedings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. History of the Concept of Stellar Populations

  3. Globular Cluster Systems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 49-49
    2. James E. Hesser
      Pages 51-65
    3. F. Fusi Pecci, G. Clementini
      Pages 67-74
    4. T. D. Kinman
      Pages 75-83
    5. William E. Harris
      Pages 85-95
  4. Open Clusters and the Galactic Disk

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 97-97
    2. Gerard Gilmore
      Pages 99-107
    3. K. C. Freeman
      Pages 119-127
    4. Felix J. Lockman
      Pages 129-132
    5. Rosemary F. G. Wyse
      Pages 133-149
  5. Stellar Populations in Local Group Galaxies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 151-151

About these proceedings


The concept of Stellar Populations has played a fundamental role in astronomy in the last few decades. It was introduced by Walter Baade after he was able to resolve the Andromeda Nebula and its companions into stars when he used red-sensitive plates and realised that there were two fundamentally different Herzsprung-Russell diagrams in our and these nearby galaxies (common stars in the solar neighborhood versus globular clusters). This result was published in two papers in 1944 in volume 100 of the Astrophysical Journal. Subsequent research gave the concept a much firmer basis and at the famous Vatican Symposium of 1957 resulted in a general scheme of the concept and a working hypothesis for idea's on the formation and evolution of the Galaxy. This has been a guiding principle of studies of our and other galaxies for decades. Some years ago it seemed to us appropriate to commemorate Baade's seminal work in 1994, when it would have its 50-th anniversary, and to review its present status and also its role in contempory understanding. While we were in Leiden for an administrative committee, we discussed the matter again and over beers on October 29, 1991 we decided the take the initiative for an IAU Symposium on the subject during the 1994 IAU General Assembly in Den Haag, the Netherlands.


astronomy black hole dark matter galaxy milky way Population star star cluster stellar evolution

Editors and affiliations

  • P. C. van der Kruit
    • 1
  • G. Gilmore
    • 2
  1. 1.Kapteyn Astronomical InstituteUniversity of GroningenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Institute of AstronomyUniversity of CambridgeUK

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Stellar Populations
  • Book Subtitle Proceedings of the 164th Symposium of the International Astronomical Union, held in the Hague, The Netherlands, August 15–19, 1994
  • Editors Piet C. van der Kruit
    Gerry Gilmore
  • Series Title International Astronomical Union / Union Astronomique Internationale
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information International Astronomical Union 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-3537-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-0-7923-3538-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-011-0125-7
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XIX, 472
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Astronomy, Observations and Techniques
    Classical and Quantum Gravitation, Relativity Theory
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors