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Olbers, Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias

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Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

Born Arbergen near Bremen, Germany, 11 October 1758

Died Bremen, Germany, 2 March 1840

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Solc, M. (2014). Olbers, Heinrich Wilhelm Matthias. In: Hockey, T., et al. Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers. Springer, New York, NY.

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