Jens Fredrik Schroeter, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Jens Fredrik Schroeter

Norwegian astronomer

Date of Birth: 21-May-1857

Place of Birth: Drammen, Buskerud, Norway

Date of Death: 27-Apr-1927

Profession: astronomer, professor

Nationality: Norway

Zodiac Sign: Gemini

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About Jens Fredrik Schroeter

  • Jens Fredrik Wilhelm Schroeter (21 May 1857 – 27 April 1927) was a Norwegian astronomer. He was born in Drammen as a son of sea captain Fredrik Julius Bech Schroeter and his wife Julie Schroeter.
  • His paternal family had migrated into Norway from Langeland, Denmark in 1787.
  • Through his sister Jenny, he was a brother-in-law of priest Jens Jonas Jansen and an uncle of historian, genealogist and archivist Einar Jansen.
  • Schroeter himself did not marry.He finished his secondary education in 1872, and graduated with the cand.real.
  • degree in 1882.
  • His interest for astronomy stemmed from childhood, when his father had taught him the Zodiac, the planets and how to use the sextant.
  • He worked at the observatory in Bossekop from 1882 to 1884, and as an assistant at the Norwegian Meteorological Institute from 1884 to 1888.
  • From 1888 to 1890 he held a fellowship and was an observator abroad, but in 1891 he returned to Norway as an observator at the Observatory of the Royal Frederick University in 1891.
  • The director of the observatory since 1890 was professor Hans Geelmuyden, and when Geelmuyden retired as a professor in 1919, he was replaced by Schroeter.
  • Schroeter also edited the official Norwegian almanac, succeeding Geelmuyden here as well.He was the Norwegian editor of the journal Nordisk astronomisk Tidsskrift, and was a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.
  • His academic publications were mainly in the German language.
  • Outside of the strictly academic field, he also contributed to the encyclopedia Salomonsens Konversationsleksikon, as well as the almanac.
  • He died in 1927 in Oslo.

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