Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Hockey, Virginia Trimble, Thomas R. Williams, Katherine Bracher, Richard A. Jarrell, Jordan D. MarchéII, JoAnn Palmeri, Daniel W. E. Green

Stein, Johann Willem Jakob Antoon

Reference work entry

BornGrave, Netherlands, 27 February 1871

DiedRome, Italy, 27 December 1951

Johann Stein joined the Society of Jesus and studied astronomy at the University of Leiden under  Hendrik Lorentz. He became an assistant at, and then director of, the Vatican Observatory (1930–1951). It was Stein who supervised the Observatory’s 1933 move to Castel Gandolfo. He did much to modernize the Observatory, for instance, adding an astrophysical laboratory.

A variable star observer, Father Stein finished publication of  Johann Hagen’s Atlas Stellarum Variabilium (1899–1947).

Selected Reference

  1. Brück, H. A. (1952). Obituary: Father J. W. J. Stein, SJ. Observatory 72: 119.ADSGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

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