Hartwig, Carl Ernst Albrecht
BornFrankfurt am Main (Germany), 14 January 1851
DiedBamberg, Bavaria, Germany, 3 May 1923
Ernst Hartwig directed the Bamberg Observatory, independently discovered the supernova S Andromedae (SN 1885A), and was coauthor of a leading sourcebook on variable stars. Hartwig graduated from the Melanchthon Gymnasium in Nuremberg. Afterward, he studied astronomy, physics, and mathematics at four European universities. From 1874 to 1880, he was an assistant at the University of Strasbourg Observatory. For the next 2 years, Hartwig examined various observatories throughout continental Europe. In 1882, he led an expedition to Argentina to observe the transit of Venus across the Sun.
After 2 additional years spent at the University of Dorpat (in modern Estonia), Hartwig was appointed director of the observatory at Bamberg (1886). There, he had a large heliometer constructed to aid his research on the diameters of the planets and the Moon’s physical libration. Hartwig became an enthusiastic...
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