Famous Russian Astronomers

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Johann Euler
(Astronomer, Mathematician)
Johann Euler
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Birthdate: November 27, 1734
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: September 17, 1800
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Otto Schmidt
(Scientist)
Otto Schmidt
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Birthdate: September 30, 1891
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mahilyow, Belarus
Died: September 7, 1956
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Otto Struve
(Astronomer)
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Birthdate: August 12, 1897
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kharkiv, Ukraine
Died: April 6, 1963

Born into the famous Russian astronomer Struve family, Otto Struve began his career in the USA as a staff member at Yerkes Observatory, investigating stellar spectroscopy. Later, he focused mainly on binary and variable stars, stellar rotation and interstellar matter. He established the presence of hydrogen in interstellar space, a discovery that played significant part in the development of radio astronomy.

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Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve
(Astronomer and geodesist from the famous Struve family.)
Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve
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Birthdate: April 15, 1793
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: November 23, 1864

Part of the legendary Struve family of astronomers, Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve is best remembered for his research on double stars, or binary stars. The winner of the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, Struve had fled Germany and moved to Denmark and to Russia, to avoid military service.

Nikolay Aleksandrovich Kozyrev
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Birthdate: September 2, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: February 27, 1983
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Jacob Bruce
(Astronomer who founded the first Russian observatory; it was located in Moscow in the upper story of the Sukharev Tower)
Jacob Bruce
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Birthdate: May 11, 1669
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: May 17, 1735
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Viktor Hambardzumyan
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Birthdate: September 18, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: August 12, 1996
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