Biography of Theodor von Oppolzer

Theodor von Oppolzer (1841-1886) is often remembered today for his astronomical and mathematical prowess. There is a crater on the moon named after him.

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1841 – He is born in Prague.

1862-1872 – He builds an observatory and makes observations about asteroids and comets.

1863 – He obtains his doctor’s degree.

1865 – He obtains a PhD in medicine from the University of Vienna.

1866 – He begins lecturing on theoretical astronomy at the University of Vienna.

1868 – He leads an expedition to observe a solar eclipse.

1870 – The first volume of his ‘Lehrbuch zur Bahnbestimmung der Kometen und Planeten’ is published.

1870 – His government hires him to determine the length of a degree in Austria.

1873 – He becomes the director of the Austrian Geodetic Survey.

1874 – He is elected an Associate of the Royal Astronomical Society.

1876 – He becomes Professor of Astronomy at the University of Vienna.

1880 –  The second volume of his ‘Lehrbuch zur Bahnbestimmung der Kometen und Planeten’ is published.

1881 – His ‘Syzygien-Tafeln fur den Mond’ is published.

1882 – He is elected to the Imperial Academy of Sciences of Vienna.

1883 – He is elected to the American National Academy of Sciences.

1886 – He becomes president of the International Geodetic Association.

1886 – He dies in Vienna.

1887 – His ‘Canon der Finsternisse’ (Canon of Eclipses) is published.

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References:

1 – https://archive.org/details/paper-doi-10_1093_mnras_47_4_145

2 – https://archive.org/details/paper-doi-10_1038_035224f0

3 – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodor_von_Oppolzer

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