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us: Kopff, August, 1882-1960



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    • us: Kopff, A. (August), 1882-1960
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    • found: LCCN ac34-1636: Pouillet, M. Müller-Pouillets Lehrbuch der physik, 1925-34 (hdg.: Kopff, August, 1882- ; variant: A. Kopff)
    • found: LC data base, 7-21-87 (hdg.: Kopff, August, 1882- ; usage: August Kopff)
    • found: Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers, via WWW, January 15, 2015 (Kopff, August; born February 5, 1882 in Heidelberg, Germany; died April 25, 1960 in Heidelberg, Germany; Comet and Trojan asteroid discoverer August Kopff was the son of a master plumber in Heidelberg; from 1900 to 1905 he studied mathematics, physics, and astronomy at the University of Heidelberg, where he got his Ph. D. in 1906; by 1901, Kopff began work with astronomer Maximilian Wolf at the the Königstuhl Observatory at the University of Heidelberg; in 1907 Kopff became Privatdozent (lecturer), and in 1912 a professor at the University of Heidelberg; after military service during World War I, Kopff returned to teaching and observing at the University of Heidelberg; in 1924, Kopff became professor of theoretical astronomy at the University of Berlin and simultaneously, as a successor of Fritz Cohn (1866-1921), director of the Institute for Astronomical Calculation (Astronomisches Recheninstitut in Berlin-Dahlem, Germany); during World War II this institute was evacuated to Saxony, and found a new accommodation in 1945 in Heidelberg; from 1947 up to his retirement in 1950 Kopff was professor of astronomy at the University of Heidelberg, and besides his directorship of the institute (until 1954) also director of the observatory; in his time at Königstuhl, Kopff took part in all observation programs of the observatory and published studies on the theory of comets, stellar astronomy, and the theory of relativity; during his time in Berlin he and his co-workers published several catalogs of stars; a lunar crater is named for him)
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