Famous German Astrophysicists

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Karl Schwarzschild
(Physicist, Astronomer, Astrophysicist, University teacher, Mathematician)

Karl Schwarzschild
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Birthdate: October 9, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frankfurt
Died: May 11, 1916

Karl Schwarzschild was a German astronomer and physicist. He is remembered for his contributions to the general theory of relativity; Schwarzschild came up with the first exact solution to the Albert Einstein field equations. He also contributed immensely to the theory of black holes.

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Rainer Weiss
(Physicist)

Rainer Weiss
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Birthdate: September 29, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

Born to a doctor and psychoanalyst father and an actor mother in Berlin, physicist Rainer Weiss fled to the US along with his family, to avoid the Nazi terror. Associated with institutes such as MIT and Princeton, he invented the laser interferometric technique used in LIGO and even won a Nobel Prize later.

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Conrad Schlumberger
(Geophysicist)

Conrad Schlumberger
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Birthdate: October 2, 1878
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guebwiller, France
Died: May 9, 1936

Along with his brother, Marcel Schlumberger, Conrad Schlumberger formed one of the most well-known geophysicist duos of Germany. A pioneer in petroleum production, he co-established Schlumberger Ltd., one of the world’s largest oil-field service companies, with Marcel. Their technique of oil exploration offered a cheap alternative than the existing coring methods.

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Martin Schwarzschild
(Astrophysicist)

Martin Schwarzschild
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Birthdate: May 31, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Potsdam, Germany
Died: April 10, 1997

Martin Schwarzschild was a German-American astrophysicist best remembered for his work in the fields of stellar evolution and stellar structure, which paved the way to an improved understanding of differential solar rotation, pulsating stars, hydrogen shell sources, the ages of star clusters, and the helium flash. In 1997, Martin Schwarzschild was honored with the prestigious National Medal of Science. 

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Otto Wilhelm von Struve
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Birthdate: May 7, 1819
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tartu
Died: April 16, 1905

Born in Russia, Otto Wilhelm von Struve was too young to join a university when he had completed his studies at the gymnasium and thus initially joined as a listener. He often assisted his astronomer father Frederich von Struve and later discovered about 500 double stars and studied Saturn’s rings.

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Gerson Goldhaber
(Physicist)

Gerson Goldhaber
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Birthdate: February 20, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chemnitz, Germany
Died: July 19, 2010

Particle physicist Gerson Goldhaber is best remembered for discovering charm hadrons and dark energy. The son of German parents who had escaped the Nazis and started a tour guide service in Egypt, Goldhaber later moved to the US for research and gained a US citizenship, too.

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Hermann Carl Vogel
(Astrophysicist)

Hermann Carl Vogel
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Birthdate: April 3, 1841
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: August 13, 1907

Hermann Carl Vogel was a German astrophysicist who served as the director of Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP) from 1882 to 1907. He is best remembered for making important discoveries by studying the spectral analysis of the stars. Over the course of his illustrious career, Hermann Carl Vogel was honored with several awards, including the Bruce Medal in 1906.

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