Fauth, Philipp Johann Heinrich
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BornBad Dürkheim, (Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany), 19 March 1868
DiedGruenwald, Bavaria, Germany, 4 January 1941
Philipp Fauth was the last of the great lunar cartographers to rely principally on visual observations. The oldest of three children born into a long-established family of pottery-makers, his interest in astronomy was kindled at about the age of seven when he was awakened by his father and carried outside to see comet Coggia (C/1874 Q1) gleaming in the predawn sky. Like William Herschel, Fauth was a musical prodigy, having taken up the violin at the tender age of five. While music would remain a lifelong passion, Fauth chose to become a schoolteacher.
In 1890, Fauth established a private observatory atop a grass-covered knoll on the outskirts of Kaiserslautern. His observatory was equipped with a refractor of 162-mm aperture. In 1893 and again in 1895 he issued impressive monographs; the latter contained topographic charts of 25 selected regions of the Moon, masterfully executed in ...
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- Fauth, Philipp (1893). Astronomische Beobachtungen und Resultate aus den Jahren 1890 und 1891 auf der Privatsternwarte zu Kaiserslautern (Astronomical observations and results from the years 1890 and 1891 at the private observatory at Kaiserlautern). Kaiserslautern.
- — (1895). Neue Beiträge zur Begründung einer Modernen Selenographie und Selenologie (New contributions toward establishing a modern selenography and selenology). Vol. 2 of Astronomische Beobachtungen und Resultate. Kaiserslautern.
- — (1936). Unser Mond (Our Moon). Breslau.
- Litten, F. (1993). Philipp Fauth - Leben und Werk. Munich: Institüt für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften.
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- Fauth, Philipp Johann Heinrich
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- Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers
- pp 703-705
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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
- Thomas A. Dobbins (611)
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