Eugene Rabe

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Eugene Karl Rabe
Born (1911-05-08)May 8, 1911
Berlin, Germany, Germany
Died 1974
Nationality German
Fields Astronomy
Institutions Astronomisches Rechen-Institut, Cincinnati Observatory
Known for Study of Trojan asteroids, 433 Eros

Eugene Karl Rabe (May 8, 1911 – 1974) was a German-American astronomer.

He was born in Berlin, Germany, the son of Hermann and Luise.[1]

From 1937–1948 he was a member of the staff at the Heidelberg, Germany branch of the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut. After World War II, it was arranged for him to come to the United States.[2] He then became professor of astronomy at the University of Cincinnati, while working at the Cincinnati Observatory.[1] His work included orbital motions of the Trojan asteroids, and particularly the orbit of 433 Eros.[3] In 1951, he used twenty years worth of observations of Eros to determine the gravitational perturbations of the planets. From these, he calculated the most accurate masses to that date of Mercury, Venus, Mars and the Moon.[4][5]

The minor planet 1624 Rabe is named after him.[3]


  1. ^ a b Leaders in American science 7. Who's Who in American Education. 1967. p. 485. 
  2. ^ Osterbrock, Donald E.; Seidelmann, P. Kenneth (1987). "Paul Herget". Biographical Memoirs 57. National Academy of Sciences. p. 64. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  3. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of minor planet names. Physics and astronomy online library (5th ed.). Springer. p. 129. ISBN 3-540-00238-3. 
  4. ^ Morrow, Martha G. (June 9, 1951). "Small Fry of the Solar System". The Science News-Letter 59 (23): 362–364. JSTOR 3928808. 
  5. ^ Rabe, Eugene (May 1950). "Derivation of fundamental astronomical constants from the observations of Eros during 1926-1945". Astronomical Journal 55: 112. Bibcode:1950AJ.....55..112R. doi:10.1086/106364. 

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