, Volume 94, Issue 6, pp 417–429

Wolfgang Priester: from the big bounce to the \(\Lambda\)-dominated universe

Review Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00114-006-0187-x

Cite this article as:
Overduin, J., Blome, H. & Hoell, J. Naturwissenschaften (2007) 94: 417. doi:10.1007/s00114-006-0187-x


Wolfgang Priester (1924–2005) was one of Germany’s most versatile and quixotic astrophysicists, reinventing himself successively as a radio astronomer, space physicist and cosmologist, and making a lasting impact on each field. We focus in this personal account on his contributions to cosmology, where he will be most remembered for his association with quasars, his promotion of the idea of a nonsingular “big bounce” at the beginning of the current expansionary phase, and his recognition of the importance of dark energy (Einstein’s cosmological constant Λ) well before this became the standard paradigm in cosmology.


Cosmology: big bangDark energyCosmological parametersQuasars: absorption lines

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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Overduin
    • 1
  • Hans-Joachim Blome
    • 2
  • Josef Hoell
    • 3
  1. 1.Gravity Probe B, Hansen Experimental Physics LaboratoryStanford UniversityStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Aerospace DepartmentUniversity of Applied SciencesAachenGermany
  3. 3.German Aerospace Center (DLR), Space Management, Space Science (RD-RX)BonnGermany