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Carl Charlier

AKA Carl Vilhelm Ludvig Charlier

Born: 1-Apr-1862
Birthplace: Östersund, Sweden
Died: 5-Nov-1934
Location of death: Lund, Sweden
Cause of death: Stroke

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

Nationality: Sweden
Executive summary: Motion and the Distribution of the Stars

Swedish astronomer Carl Charlier researched the distribution and motions of stars in the solar neighborhood, made advances in calibration of photographic photometry, and proposed a theory of fractal star distribution to explain the darkness of the night sky. He also translated Isaac Newton's Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica into Swedish.

Father: Emerich Emanuel Charlier (civil servant)
Mother: Aurora Kristina Hollstein Charlier
Wife: Siri Dorotea Leissner (five daughters)

    High School: Östersund, Sweden (1881)
    University: MA, University of Uppsala (1882)
    University: PhD Astronomy, University of Uppsala (1887)
    Teacher: Astronomy, University of Uppsala (1887-95)
    Scholar: Uppsala Observatory, University of Uppsala (1887-95)
    Scholar: Stockholm Observatory, University of Stockholm (1895-97)
    Professor: Astronomy, University of Lund (1897-1927)
    Administrator: Lund Observatory, University of Lund (1897-1927)

    Bruce Medal 1933
    James Craig Watson Medal 1924
    Lunar Crater Charlier
    Asteroid Namesake 8677 Charlier
    Stroke July 1932

Author of books:
Researches into the Theory of Probability (1906)
Studies in Stellar Statistics (1912)
Statistical Mechanics: Based on the Law of Newton (1917)
Stellar Clusters and Related Celestial Phaenomena (1918)
Introduction to Stellar Statistics (1921)
How an Infinite World May Be Built Up (1922)
Motion and the Distribution of the Stars (1926)

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