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Walter Baade

Walter BaadeBorn: 24-Mar-1893
Birthplace: Schröttinghausen, Germany
Died: 25-Jun-1960
Location of death: Göttingen, Germany
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Buried, Bad Salzuflen, Germany

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

Nationality: Germany
Executive summary: German-American observational astronomer

Hamburg Observatory (1919-31), Mt. Wilson Observatory (1931-58). During World War II a hip injury in combination with his classification as an enemy alien gave him significant observatory time at Mt. Wilson -- the area then under blackout for security reasons. One of the great observational astronomers of the 20th century, he was instrumental in developing the idea of star/galaxy development. He discovered asteroids Icarus and Hidalgo, and eight others.

Father: Konrad Baade
Mother: Charlotte
Wife: Johanna Bohlmann

    University: University of Münster
    University: PhD, University of Göttingen (1919)

    Mt. Wilson Observatory (1931-58)
    Hamburg Observatory (1919-31)
    Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal 1954
    Bruce Medal 1955
    Royal Astronomical Society
    American Philosophical Society
    Asteroid Namesake 1501 Baade

Author of books:
Evolution of Stars and Galaxies (1963)


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