Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
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Struve, Georg Otto Hermann

  • Victor K. Abalakin
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BornTsarskoye Selo, Russia, 29 December 1886

DiedBerlin, Germany, 10 June 1933

An expert on the Solar System and especially the planet Saturn, Georg Struve was the son of  Karl Hermann Struve and Olga (née Struve) Struve. When Georg was born, his father was an adjunct astronomer at the Pulkovo Observatory. Georg was taken to eastern Prussia when his father became director of the Albertus University Observatory at Königsberg in 1895. Struve attended the humanistically oriented Königsberg Wilhelms-Gymnasium from which he graduated in 1905. He then studied mathematics and astronomy at the universities of Heidelberg and Berlin, where one of his teachers was Julius Bauschinger. While a student (1908), Struve assisted  Paul Guthnick in his pioneering astrophotometric observations. He received his Ph.D. in 1910 for an investigation of the orbital motion of minor planet (2) Pallas. Struve dedicated this work to the memory of his grandfather,  Otto Wilhelm Struve. He married Marie Mock in...

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Selected References

  1. Guthnick, Paul (1934). “Georg Struve.” Astronomische Nachrichten 251: 47–48.ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Sokolovskaya, Z. K. (1976). “Struve, Georg Otto Hermann.” In Dictionary of Scientific Biography, edited by Charles Coulston Gillispie. Vol. 13, p. 113. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons.Google Scholar
  3. Struve, Otto (1933). “Georg Struve (1886–1933).” Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 45: 289–291.ADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Victor K. Abalakin
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  1. 1.Central Astronomical Observatory at PulkovoSt PetersburgRussia