Astronomy - History
book describes the main stages in the lives, scientific and social
activities of three generations of astronomers making up the so-called
Knorre dynasty and their descendants who lived and worked from the end
of the 18th to the beginning of the 20th century in Russia, Estonia,
Ukraine, Germany and France. Materials and documents presented here
contain data from various archives, illustrated with colour and
Nikolaev: Irina Gudym Publishing House, 2010
176p. with 84 pictures
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The First Astronomer of the Nikolayev Observatory
Karl Knorre (Dorpat 1801- Berlin 1883):
The Nikolayev Observatory, now in Ukraine, was founded at the beginning of the 19th century for strategic reasons by Admiral Aleksey S. Greigh, Chief Commander of the Imperial Black Sea Fleet.
In 1820, Karl Knorre, a young graduate of the University of Dorpat (now Tartu, Estonia), was appointed by the Minister of the Imperial Navy to the post of director of the Nikolayev Observatory, in charge of installing all necessary equipment for astronomical observations. Furthermore, he was to establish topographical maps of the coastal area for the navigation needs of the Black Sea Fleet and had to provide the Fleet vessels with exact time.
Thus, Karl KNORRE
became the first director of the Observatory and a famous astronomer.
Link to the web pages of the Nikolayev Astronomical Observatory
Read a family story:
"Astronomers and other professions in the KNORRE family" by Suzanne Héral here »
Other articles by Suzanne Héral:
"Remembering the old Schmidt school in Fellin" here >>
"Four unpublished letters from Karl Knorre to Vladimir Dahl" here >>