Owen Gingerich

Senior astonomer at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Obseratory

Owen Gingerich is a senior astonomer at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Obseratory and a professor of astronomy and the history of science at Harvard University.

Professor Gingerich’s research interests have included the recomputation of an ancient Babylonian mathematical table and the interpretation of stellar spectra. He is co-author of two successive standard models for the solar atmosphere, the first to take into account rocket and satellite observations of the sun.

Professor Gingerich is a leading authority on the seventeenth-century German astronomer Johannes Kepler and Nicholas Copernicus, the sixteenth-centruy cosmologist who proposed the heliocentric system. In 1989 he published Album of Science: The Physical Sciences in the Twentieth Century. Two anthologies of his essays have also been published.

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