Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
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Schjellerup, Hans Karl Frederik Christian

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-9917-7_1235

BornOdense, Denmark, 8 February 1827

DiedCopenhagen, Denmark, 13 November 1887

An astronomer who made a specialty of compiling reference data useful to others, Hans Schjellerup was a watchmaker in early life. In 1851, he became an assistant at the Copenhagen Observatory. There he computed planetary and cometary orbits and compiled a star catalog. In 1866, Schjellerup published a well-known catalog of red stars.

Schjellerup rediscovered, translated, and edited for publication an important work by Al-Sufi, which he saw as a bridge in time between the uranometry of  Ptolemy and the work of  Friedrich Argelander.

Schjellerup was an associate of the Royal Astronomical Society. A crater on the Moon is named for him.

Selected Reference

  1. Anon. (1888). “Hans Carl Frederik Christian Schjellerup.” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 48: 171.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth ScienceUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA
  2. 2.EdinburghUK