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Otto Heckmann

AKA Otto Hermann Leopold Heckmann

Born: 23-Jun-1901
Birthplace: Opladen, Germany
Died: 13-May-1983
Location of death: Regensburg, Germany
Cause of death: unspecified

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Occupation: Astronomer, Physicist

Nationality: Germany
Executive summary: Investigated cosmic expansion

German astronomer Otto Heckmann found open and flat solutions to Albert Einstein's field equations, and proposed a rotating universe. He was a driving force in proposing and planning the European Southern Observatory, and served as its first Director.

Wife: Johanna Topf meier Heckmann (m. 1925)
Daughter: Hildegard Heckmann
Son: Klaus Heckmann
Daughter: Ulrike Heckmann

    High School: Opladen Gymnasium, Opladen, Germany
    University: PhD Astronomy, University of Bonn (1925)
    Scholar: Bonn Observatory, University of Bonn (1925-27)
    Teacher: Astronomy, University of Göttingen (1927-41)
    Scholar: Göttingen Observatory, University of Göttingen (1927-41)
    Professor: Astronomy, University of Hamburg (1941-62)
    Administrator: Director of Hamburg-Bergedorf Observatory, University of Hamburg (1941-62)
    Administrator: Director of European Southern Observatory (1962-69)

    Bruce Medal 1964
    James Craig Watson Medal :1961
    International Astronomical Union President (1967-70)
    Royal Astronomical Society
    Asteroid Namesake 1650 Heckmann

Author of books:
Theorien der Kosmologie (1942)
Sterne, Kosmos, Weltmodelle (1976)
Copernicus und die Moderne Astronomie (1976)
Über die Struktur der kugelförmigen Sternhaufen (1929)


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