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The Stellar Contributions of Wilhelm von Struve

  • Neil English
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Part of the Historical & Cultural Astronomy book series (HCA)

Abstract

In the last years of the eighteenth century, the socio-political map of Europe was rapidly changing. In France, Napoleon Bonaparte had risen to power, and his armies had overrun Germany, plunging it into political and economic upset, a time where the world’s great empires – British, French, Dutch and Russian – jockeyed for power. Yet, amidst this turmoil, a new center of learning was established at Dorpat Observatory in Russia, the brainchild of the great astronomer Wilhelm von Struve (1793–1864), which soon became the envy of the astronomical world.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neil English
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  1. 1.Fintry by GlasgowUK

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