Bok, Bart Jan
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BornHoorn, the Netherlands, 28 April 1906
DiedTucson, Arizona, USA, 5 August 1983
Bart Bok was the son of Sergeant Major Jan Bok (Royal Dutch Army) and Gesina Annetta (née van der Lee) Bok. Bart Bok’s name is associated with the Bok globules, small, dark, gas clouds, many of which are forming – or about to form – new stars. He was also one of Harvard’s early champions of star formation as an important, ongoing process, at a time when Jesse Greenstein and others were not so sure. He attended primary school in Hoorn and secondary school in The Hague. Bok entered Leiden University in 1924; two of his classmates were Gerard Kuiper and Pieter Theodorus Oosterhoff. Upon graduation in 1927, Bok was accepted by Groningen University, where he pursued a doctorate in astronomy under Piet van Rhijn. He studied the η Carinae region for his dissertation; his Ph.D. was awarded in 1933. In 1929, Bok married astronomer Priscilla Fairfield; the couple raised ...
- Bok, Bart Jan and Priscilla Fairfield Bok. The Milky Way. Philadelphia: Blakiston, 1941, 1945. (Reprinted, Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1957, 1974, 1981.)
- Bok, Bart Jan and Frances Woodworth Wright (1944). Basic Marine Navigation. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. (Reprint, 1952.)
- Graham, J. A., C. M. Wade, and R. M. Price (1994). “Bart J. Bok.” Biographical Memoirs, National Academy of Sciences 64: 73–97.
- Levy, David H. (1993). The Man Who Sold The Milky Way: A Biography of Bart Bok. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
- White, Raymond E. (1983). “Bart J. Bok (1906–83): A Personal Memoir from a ‘Grandson.’” Sky & Telescope 66, no. 4: 303–306.
- Bok, Bart Jan
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- Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers
- pp 259-261
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- 1. Department of Earth Science, University of Northern Iowa
- 2. University of California, Irvine School of Physical Sciences
- 3. Rice University
- 4. Whitman College
- 5. York Univesity
- 6. University of Wisconsin
- 7. University of Oklahoma
- 8. Harvard University
- Raymond E. White (2105)
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- 2105. University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, USA
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