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Otto Struve

Russian astronomer

Died when: 65 years 237 days (787 months)
Star Sign: Leo


Otto Struve

Otto Struve (August 12, 1897 – April 6, 1963) was a Russian-American astronomer of Baltic German origins.In Russian, his name is sometimes given as Otto Lyudvigovich Struve (???? ?????????? ??????); however, he spent most of his life and his entire scientific career in the United States.

Otto was the descendant of famous astronomers of the Struve family; he was the son of Ludwig Struve, grandson of Otto Wilhelm von Struve and great-grandson of Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve.

He was also the nephew of Karl Hermann Struve.With more than 900 journal articles and books, Struve was one of the most distinguished and prolific astronomers of the mid-20th century.

He served as director of Yerkes, McDonald, Leuschner and National Radio Astronomy Observatories and is credited with raising worldwide prestige and building schools of talented scientists at Yerkes and McDonald observatories.

In particular, he hired Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar and Gerhard Herzberg who later became Nobel Prize winners.Struve's research was mostly focused on binary and variable stars, stellar rotation and interstellar matter.

He was one of the few eminent astronomers in the pre-Space Age era to publicly express a belief that extraterrestrial intelligence was abundant, and so was an early advocate of the search for extraterrestrial life.

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