Wolf, Max

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Wolf, Max


Born June 21, 1863, in Heidelberg; died there Oct. 3, 1932. German astrophysicist.

Wolf was a professor at the University of Heidelberg (1893) and director of the Heidelberg Observatory (1909). In 1891 he used photography to search out asteroids; he discovered more than 200 asteroids as well as many nebulas. In 1905, Wolf applied the photographic method to detect stars possessing observable proper motions, and he developed a method for measuring these motions.


Die Milchstrasse. Leipzig, 1908.
Photographische Sternkarten. Vienna, 1908-22. (With J. Palisa.)
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