August Kopff

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Asteroids discovered: 68
542 Susanna[1] August 15, 1904
579 Sidonia November 3, 1905
582 Olympia January 23, 1906
584 Semiramis January 15, 1906
585 Bilkis February 16, 1906
589 Croatia March 3, 1906
591 Irmgard March 14, 1906
593 Titania March 20, 1906
595 Polyxena March 27, 1906
596 Scheila February 21, 1906
606 Brangäne September 18, 1906
607 Jenny September 18, 1906
608 Adolfine September 18, 1906
612 Veronika October 8, 1906
613 Ginevra October 11, 1906
614 Pia October 11, 1906
615 Roswitha October 11, 1906
616 Elly October 17, 1906
617 Patroclus October 17, 1906
619 Triberga October 22, 1906
621 Werdandi November 11, 1906
624 Hektor February 10, 1907
625 Xenia February 11, 1907
626 Notburga February 11, 1907
627 Charis March 4, 1907
628 Christine March 7, 1907
629 Bernardina March 7, 1907
630 Euphemia March 7, 1907
631 Philippina March 21, 1907
632 Pyrrha April 5, 1907
633 Zelima May 12, 1907
634 Ute May 12, 1907
640 Brambilla August 29, 1907
643 Scheherezade September 8, 1907
644 Cosima September 7, 1907
646 Kastalia September 11, 1907
647 Adelgunde September 11, 1907
648 Pippa September 11, 1907
649 Josefa September 11, 1907
650 Amalasuntha October 4, 1907
651 Antikleia October 4, 1907
654 Zelinda January 4, 1908
656 Beagle January 22, 1908
657 Gunlöd January 23, 1908
658 Asteria January 23, 1908
663 Gerlinde June 24, 1908
664 Judith June 24, 1908
666 Desdemona July 23, 1908
667 Denise July 23, 1908
668 Dora July 27, 1908
669 Kypria August 20, 1908
670 Ottegebe August 20, 1908
672 Astarte September 21, 1908
677 Aaltje January 18, 1909
679 Pax January 28, 1909
680 Genoveva April 22, 1909
681 Gorgo May 13, 1909
682 Hagar June 17, 1909
684 Hildburg August 8, 1909
686 Gersuind August 15, 1909
692 Hippodamia[2] November 5, 1901
693 Zerbinetta September 21, 1909
754 Malabar August 22, 1906
1780 Kippes September 12, 1906
1781 Van Biesbroeck October 17, 1906
3105 Stumpff August 8, 1907
3133 Sendai October 4, 1907
3687 Dzus October 7, 1908

1 with Paul Götz
2 with Max Wolf

August Kopff (February 5, 1882–April 25, 1960) was a German astronomer who discovered several comets and asteroids. He studied and worked in Heidelberg, getting his PhD there in 1906[1] and he then joined the Humboldt University of Berlin where he became the Director of the Institute for Astronomical Calculation.[2]

He discovered some comets, including periodic comet 22P/Kopff[3] and the non-periodic C/1906 E1. He discovered a number of asteroids, including notably the Trojan asteroids 617 Patroclus and 624 Hektor.

The lunar crater Kopff is named after him, along with the asteroid 1631 Kopff.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hockey, Thomas (2009). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers. Springer Publishing. ISBN 978-0-387-31022-0. Retrieved August 22, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of minor planet names, Volume 1, 5th Edition. Berlin Heidelberg New York: Springer-Verlag. p. 129. ISBN 3-540-00238-3. 
  3. ^ "22P/Kopff". Gary W. Kronk's Cometography. Retrieved 2010-02-25.