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George Herbig

AKA George Howard Herbig

Born: 2-Jan-1920
Birthplace: Wheeling, WV
Died: 12-Oct-2013
Location of death: Honolulu, HI
Cause of death: unspecified

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Herbig-Haro objects

Astronomer George Herbig discovered the first "newborn" stars in the region of the Orion nebula. His studies showed areas of increased nebulosity due to bipolar outflow as a star is born, a phenomenon also described independently by Guillermo Haro, and now called Herbig-Haro or HH objects.

Father: Georg Adalbert Herbig (tailor)
Mother: Glenna Herbig

    University: BS, University of California at Los Angeles (1943)
    University: PhD Astronomy, University of California at Berkeley (1948)
    Scholar: Lick Observatory, University of California at Santa Cruz (1948-88)
    Teacher: Astronomy, University of California at Santa Cruz (1948-66)
    Professor: Astronomy, University of California at Santa Cruz (1966-88)
    Professor: Astronomy, University of Hawaii (1988-)

    Bruce Medal 1980
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    American Astronomical Society
    National Academy of Sciences
    Asteroid Namesake 11754 Herbig
    German Ancestry
    Polish Ancestry

Author of books:
Parallaxes and Proper Motions of Prototypes of Astrophysically Interesting Classes of Stars (1997)
Historical Introduction to Star Formation (2002)


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