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Bertil Lindblad

Born: 26-Nov-1895
Birthplace: Örebro, Sweden
Died: 25-Jun-1965
Location of death: Stockholm, Sweden
Cause of death: Illness

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Astronomer

Nationality: Sweden
Executive summary: Spiral structure of the galaxy

Astronomer Bertil Lindblad theorized the rotation of the galaxy and the existence of spiral arms, later confirmed by Jan Hendrik Oort. He studied star clusters, estimated the galactic mass of the Sun, and advanced the spectroscopic method for distinguishing between giant and main sequence stars. As the Director of the Stockholm Observatory, he oversaw the four-year construction of the new Stockholm Observatory in suburban Saltsj÷baden, completed in 1931. He was briefly Chairman of the Nobel Foundation, but was overtaken by illness and served only a few months.

Wife: Dagmar Bolin (m. 1924, four children)
Son: Olof Lindblad (astronomer)
Son: Bertil-Anders Lindblad (astronomer)

    University: Karolinska Läroverket Gymnasium, Örebro, Sweden (1914)
    University: BS Astronomy, University of Uppsala (1918)
    University: PhD Astronomy, University of Uppsala (1920)
    Scholar: Mount Wilson Observatory (1920-21)
    Scholar: Lick Observatory, University of California at Santa Cruz (1921-22)
    Scholar: Stockholm Observatory, University of Stockholm (1922-27)
    Scholar: Uppsala Observatory, University of Uppsala
    Administrator: Director of Stockholm Observatory, University of Stockholm (1927-65)

    Bruce Medal 1954
    Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal 1948
    International Astronomical Union President (1948-52)
    Nobel Foundation Chairman (1965)
    Royal Astronomical Society
    Asteroid Namesake 7331 Balindblad
    Lunar Crater Lindblad


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