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Dirk Brouwer

Born: 1-Sep-1902
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: 31-Jan-1966
Location of death: New Haven, CT
Cause of death: unspecified

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

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Celestial mechanics

Dutch-American astronomer Dirk Brouwer developed the basic methodology used for calculating the orbits of comets, asteroids, planets, and man-made satellites. He studied the rotation of the earth, redetermined astronomical constants, pioneered the use of computers in charting the heavens, and edited Astronomical Journal for 25 years.

Father: (civil service worker)
Wife: Johanna Antonia Mathilda de Graaf Brouwer (m. 1928, one son)

    University: PhD Astronomy, University of Leiden (1927)
    Scholar: Astronomy, University of California at Berkeley (1927-28)
    Teacher: Astronomy, Yale University (1928-41)
    Professor: Astronomy, Yale University (1941-44)
    Professor: Natural Philosophy and Astronomy, Yale University (1944-66)
    Administrator: Director of Observatory, Yale University (1941-66)

    Bruce Medal 1966 (posthumous)
    Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal 1955
    Astronomical Journal Editor (1941-66)
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    American Association for the Advancement of Science
    American Astronomical Society
    International Astronomical Union
    National Academy of Sciences 1951
    Royal Astronomical Society
    Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society
    Naturalized US Citizen
    Dutch Ancestry
    Asteroid Namesake 1746 Brouwer

Author of books:
Spherographical Navigation (1944, with Frederic W. Keator and D. A. McMillen)
Methods of Celestial Mechanics (1961)


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