August Kopff

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Minor planets discovered: 68 [1]
see § List of discovered minor planets

August Kopff (February 5, 1882 – April 25, 1960) was a German astronomer and discoverer of several comets and asteroids.

Kopff studied and worked in Heidelberg, getting his PhD there in 1906 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]

List of discovered minor planets[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 4 September 2016. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (1631) Kopff. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 129. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 24 September 2016. 
  3. ^ "22P/Kopff". Gary W. Kronk's Cometography. Retrieved 2010-02-25.