He completed his education at the University of Bonn in 1827, then taught mathematics at a school in Cologne. In 1832 he taught at Aachen, and remained there until 1852. He was then appointed by King Frederick William IV to a chair position at the Academy of Münster in 1852. In 1869 he became rector of the Academy.
- Atlas Coelestis Novus, Cologne, 1872.
- De Magnitudine, 1852.
His star atlas, which was based on the Uranometria Nova, helped define the constellation borders in the northern sky. His other publications included a treatise on the eclipses during the Peloponnesian war, Halley's comet, and some mathematical text books.
He was also the first person to record a count of the Perseid meteor shower in 1839, giving an hourly rate of 160. Observers have recorded the hourly count every year since that time.
Awards and honors
- Order of the Red Eagle, 1870.
- Awarded doctor honoris causa by Bonn University, 1852.
- Foreign associate, Royal Astronomical Society of London, 1874.
- Honorary member, Leopoldine Academy, 1877.
- Honorary member, Scientific Society of Brussels, 1877.
- The crater Heis on the Moon is named after him.
|Wikisource has the text of a 1905 New International Encyclopedia article about Eduard Heis.|
- J. G. Hagen (1913). "Eduard Heis". Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
- Atlas Coelestis Eclipticus, Coloniae ad Rhenum, 1878 da www.atlascoelestis.com