Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
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Van Albada, Gale Bruno

  • Léo Houziaux
Reference work entry

BornAmsterdam, the Netherlands, 28 March 1911

DiedAmsterdam, the Netherlands, 18 December 1972

Gale van Albada was well known for his work on the evolution of clusters of galaxies, the theory of formation of stellar associations and double stars, and for observations and orbit determinations of binary stellar systems.

Van Albada earned a Ph.D. in astrophysics at the University of Amsterdam as a student of  Herman Zanstra and  Antonie Pannekoek in 1945. His dissertation was a study of line intensities in stellar spectra. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Warner and Swasey Observatories of Case Institute, Cleveland, Ohio, during which he worked on near-infrared spectra of late type stars with  Jason Nassau, van Albada was appointed director of the Bosscha Observatory at Lembang, Java, Netherlands East Indies. He arrived at the height of the revolutions that resulted in the independence of Indonesia in December 1949.

Van Albada revived the Bosscha Observatory during his 10 years...

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Selected References

  1. Anon. (1973). “Dutch Stellar Astronomer.” Sky & Telescope 45, no. 3: 160.Google Scholar
  2. Oort, J. H. (1973). “In memoriam Prof. Dr G. van Albada, 28 March 1911–18 December 1972.” Hemel en Dampkring 71: 47–48.ADSGoogle Scholar
  3. van Albada, G. B. (1958). “Photographic Measures of Double Stars from Plates Obtained with the 60 cm Refractor.” Annals of the Bosscha Observatory Lembang 9, pt. 2.Google Scholar
  4. — (1962). “Distribution of Galaxies in Space.” In Problems of Extra-galactic Research:I.A.U. Symposium No. 15,August 1012,1961, edited by G. C. McVittie, pp. 411–428. New York: Macmillan.Google Scholar
  5. — (1962). “Gravitational Evolution of Clusters of Galaxies, with Consideration of the Complete Velocity Distribution.” Bulletin of the Astronomical Institutes of the Netherlands 16: 172–177.Google Scholar
  6. — (1963). “Simple Expressions for Observable Quantities in Some World Models.” Bulletin of the Astronomical Institutes of the Netherlands 17: 127–131.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Léo Houziaux
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  1. 1.Class of SciencesRoyal Academy of BelgiumBrusselsBelgium