The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2007 Edition
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Henyey, Louis George

  • Karl‐Heinz Bohm
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BornMcKees Rocks, Pennsylvania, USA, 3 February 1910

DiedBerkeley, California, USA, 10 February 1970

American theoretical astrophysicist Louis Henyey developed the modern numerical method of studying the theoretical evolution of stars in computer models. In Henyey's method, the computed structure from one computation is used as the initial guess for a somewhat later period, during which nuclear reactions slightly change the composition of the star. Henyey's iterative method quickly replaced an earlier one developed by Martin Schwarzschild .

Henyey was the son of Hungarian immigrants Albert and Mary Henyey. In 1938, he married the Budapest‐born Elisabeth Rose Belak. They had three children, Elisabeth Maryrose, Thomas (a geologist), and Frank (a physicist).

Henyey received BS and MS degrees from the Case School of Applied Science in Cleveland in 1932 and 1933 and a Ph.D. in 1937 from the University of Chicago (Yerkes Observatory) with a thesis on radiative transfer in reflection...

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I am very grateful to Prof. Frank Henyey (Louis Henyey's son) for discussing with me important aspects of Louis Henyey's life.

Selected References

  1. Bodenheimer, Peter, H. (1995). “Louis George Henyey.” Biographical Memoirs, National Academy of Sciences 66: 169–189. (A detailed excellent biography by a former graduate student.)Google Scholar
  2. Henyey, L. G., J. E. Forbes, and N. L. Gould (1964). “A New Method of Automatic Computation of Stellar Evolution. ” Astrophysical Journal 139: 306–317.zbMATHADSGoogle Scholar
  3. Henyey, L. G., R. LeLevier, and R. D. Levée (1955). “The Early Phases of Stellar Evolution.” Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific 67: 154–160.ADSGoogle Scholar
  4. Henyey, L. G., L. Wilets, K. H. Böhm, R. LeLevier, and R. D. Levee (1959). “A Method for Automatic Computation of Stellar Evolution.” Astrophysical Journal 129: 628–636.ADSMathSciNetGoogle Scholar

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