Donald Howard Menzel

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Menzel, Donald Howard


Born Mar. 11, 1901, in Florence, Colo. American astrophysicist.

Menzel graduated from the University of Denver in 1920 and in 1938 became a professor at Harvard University. From 1952 to 1966 he was director of the Harvard Observatory. His research centered on the physical conditions and processes in the atmospheres of the sun and stars and in gaseous galactic nebulae and on the sources of stellar energy, the physics of the planets, extragalactic astronomy, problems associated with the expansion of the universe, and the abundance of chemical elements in the universe.


Story of the Starry Universe. No place, 1941.
Fundamental Formulas of Physics. New York, 1955.
Mathematical Physics. New York, 1961.
A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets. London, 1966.
In Russian translation:
Fizicheskie protsessy v gazovykh tummanostiakh. Moscow, 1948. (Translated from English.)
O letaiushchikh tarelkakh. Moscow, 1962. (Translated from English.) Nashe Solntse. Moscow, 1963. (Translated from English.)
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