Erika Böhm-Vitense

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Erika Böhm-Vitense
Born Erika Vitense
(1923-06-03)June 3, 1923
Curau (now to Stockelsdorf), Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Died January 21, 2017(2017-01-21) (aged 93)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Institutions University of Washington, Seattle
Education University of Kiel
Academic advisors Ludwig Biermann, Albrecht Unsöld
Spouse Karl-Heinz Hermann Böhm

Erika Helga Ruth Böhm-Vitense (June 3, 1923 – January 21, 2017)[1] was a German-born American astronomer known for her work on Cepheid variables and stellar atmospheres. She received her doctorate from the University of Kiel in 1951 and is a professor emeritus at the University of Washington. In 1965, she was awarded the Annie J. Cannon Award in Astronomy by the American Astronomical Society.

She authored three volumes of introductory astrophysics texts first published in 1989.


  • Introduction to Stellar Astrophysics (Cambridge University Press: 1989) ISBN 0-521-34869-2


  1. ^ "Erika Helga Ruth Bohm-Vitense". Evergreen Washelli. Retrieved February 3, 2017. 

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