Otto Struve, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Otto Struve

Russian astronomer

Date of Birth: 12-Aug-1897

Place of Birth: Kharkiv, Kharkiv Oblast, Ukraine

Date of Death: 06-Apr-1963

Profession: astronomer

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Leo

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About Otto Struve

  • Not to be confused with his grandfather Otto Wilhelm von Struve (1819–1905)Otto Struve (August 12, 1897 – April 6, 1963) was a Russian-American astronomer.
  • In Russian, his name is sometimes given as Otto Lyudvigovich Struve (???? ?????????? ??????); however, he spent most of his life and his entire scientific career in the United States.
  • Otto was the descendant of famous astronomers of the Struve family; he was the son of Ludwig Struve, grandson of Otto Wilhelm von Struve and great-grandson of Friedrich Georg Wilhelm von Struve.
  • He was also the nephew of Karl Hermann Struve.With more than 900 journal articles and books, Struve was one of the most distinguished and prolific astronomers of the mid-20th century.
  • He served as director of Yerkes, McDonald, Leuschner and National Radio Astronomy Observatories and is credited with raising worldwide prestige and building schools of talented scientists at Yerkes and McDonald observatories.
  • In particular, he hired Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar and Gerhard Herzberg who later became Nobel Prize winners.
  • Struve's research was mostly focused on binary and variable stars, stellar rotation and interstellar matter.
  • He was one of the few eminent astronomers in the pre-Space Age era to publicly express a belief that extraterrestrial intelligence was abundant, and so was an early advocate of the search for extraterrestrial life.

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