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Marcel Minnaert

AKA Marcel Gilles Jozef Minnaert

Born: 12-Feb-1893
Birthplace: Bruges, Belgium
Died: 26-Oct-1970
Location of death: Utrecht, Netherlands
Cause of death: unspecified
Remains: Other, Cadaver used for scientific study

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

Nationality: Netherlands
Executive summary: Solar spectrophotometry

Belgian astronomer Marcel Minnaert conducted research into solar spectrophotometry and wrote extensively about the outer layers of the Sun's surface. He investigated light scattering from the lunar surface and developed the curve of growth method, which allowed more advanced studies of stellar atmospheres. While he was imprisoned during World War II, he taught astronomy classes for his fellow inmates. His 1937 three-volume book on the visible physical phenomena of nature, Light and Color in the Outdoors, remains popular among scientists, and is also cherished by hikers and cinematographers. At his death, per his wishes, his body was used for scientific research.

Wife: Maria Boergonje Coelingh Minnaert (physicist, m. 1929, two sons)
Son: Boudewijn Minnaert
Son: Koenraad Minnaert

    University: BS Biology, University of Ghent
    University: PhD Physics, University of Leiden (1914)
    Scholar: Solar Physics, University of Utrecht
    Professor: Astrophysics, University of Utrecht (1937-63)
    Administrator: Director of Sonnenborgh Observatory, University of Utrecht (1937-63)

    Bruce Medal 1951
    Royal Astronomical Society Gold Medal 1947
    International Astronomical Union
    Royal Astronomical Society
    Naturalized Dutch Citizen
    Taken Prisoner of War 1942-45
    Lunar Crater Minnaert
    Asteroid Namesake 1670 Minnaert

Author of books:
De Natuurkunde van 't Vrije Veld (Light and Color in the Outdoors) (1937)
Practical Work in Elementary Astronomy (1969)


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