Øystein Elgarøy

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Øystein Elgarøy
Born 13 June 1929[1]
Moss, Norway
Died 8 September 1998(1998-09-08) (aged 69)[2]
Scientific career
Fields  • Astronomy
 • Solar radio astronomy
Institutions University of Oslo

Øystein Elgarøy (13 June 1929 – 8 September 1998) was a Norwegian astronomer, with a specialty in solar radio astronomy.[3]


He was appointed as a lecturer of astrophysics at the University of Oslo, located in Oslo, Norway, in 1968, and was a professor from 1983. Elgarøy published several books, including textbooks.[3]

Personal life[edit]

He was a brother of composer Jan Elgarøy.[3] He was a strong apologist for Christianity until he became an atheist.[4]

His son, also named Øystein Elgarøy (born 1972), is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Oslo.[3]


  1. ^ Norsk bokhandlertidende (in Norwegian). Norske bokhandlerforening. 1967. p. 61. Retrieved 21 July 2017. Øystein (f. 13. juni 1929) 
  2. ^ Astronomisk tidsskrift (in Swedish). 1999. Retrieved 21 July 2017. Øystein Elgarøy døde 8 september 1998, 69 år gammel 
  3. ^ a b c d Staff writer. "Øystein Elgarøy". Store norske leksikon (in Norwegian). Oslo, Norway: Kunnskapsforlaget. Retrieved 8 March 2011. 
  4. ^ Forbund, Human-Etisk. "Øystein Elgarøy - Christian defender turned atheist". fritanke.no. Retrieved 21 July 2017.