Bogdan Iakovlevich Shveitser

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Shveitser, Bogdan Iakovlevich


Born Jan. 29,1816, in Wil, Zürich Canton, Switzerland; died June 24,1873, in Moscow. Russian astronomer.

Shveitser was a member of the staff at the Pulkovo Observatory from 1841 to 1845, when he left to take a position at the observatory at Moscow University. He was named director of the university’s observatory in 1856.

A number of observations Shveitser made with a transit instrument became the basis for the Pulkovo Catalog of 1845. Shveitser organized the investigation of the Moscow gravity anomaly and discovered four comets.


Blazhko, S. N. “Istoriia Astronomicheskoi observatorii Moskovskogo universiteta.” Uchenye zapiski MGU: Iubileinaia seriia, 1940, issue 58.
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