Vilev, Mikhail Anatolevich

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Vil’ev, Mikhail Anatol’evich


Born 1893; died 1919, in Petrograd. Russian astronomer. Specialist in celestial mechanics and the chronology and history of astronomy.

Vil’ev worked in the astronomical division of the Petrograd Science Institute. His principal works deal with the most difficult problems of the theory of lunar motion and the general problem of the perturbed motion of planets and comets. In short spaces of time, he made studies of the motion of the asteroid Pallas, the Westphal comet (1852 IV) and Tycho Brahe’s comet of 1577. Vil’ev compiled a record of Russian solar eclipses of the tenth through 18th centuries. He mastered several modern and ancient languages, as well as Egyptian hieroglyphics.


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“Kanon russkikh solnechnykh zatmenii.” In D. Sviatskii, Astronomic heskie iavleniia v russkikh letopisiakh. Petrograd, 1915.


Idel’son, N. I. “U mogily M. A. Vil’eva.” Mirovedenie, 1920, vol. 9, no. 1.
Ivanov, A. A. “Mikhail Anatol’evich Vil’ev” (obituary). Priroda 1921, nos. 1-3.
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