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Professor in Groningen

  • Pieter C. van der Kruit
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Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Library book series (ASSL, volume 416)

Abstract

In the spring of 1878, Kapteyn took up his appointment as a professor at the University of Groningen. It turned out that the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences had considered a total of 5 candidates, including Hugo von Seeliger. The Faculty put Kapteyn at the top of the list. So did the Curators of the University of Groningen and Kapteyn was duly supported by the Minister. The Royal Decree was published in December 1877. His brother, the mathematician Willem Kapteyn, was appointed in Utrecht on the same day. Kapteyn’s first year in Groningen saw the start of a long series of unsuccessful attempts to secure funds for an observatory in Groningen. On July 16, 1879, he married Catharina Elisabeth (Elise) Kalshoven.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Pieter C. van der Kruit
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  1. 1.Kapteyn Astronomical InstituteUniversity of GroningenGroningenThe Netherlands

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