Franz Daniel Kahn

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Franz Kahn

Born
Franz Daniel Kahn

(1926-05-13)13 May 1926
Nuremberg, Germany
Died8 February 1998(1998-02-08) (aged 71)
Resting placeManchester
EducationSt Paul's School, London
Alma materUniversity of Oxford (BA, DPhil)
Spouse(s)
Carla Copeland (m. 1950–1981)
[1]
Scientific career
FieldsAstrophysics
InstitutionsUniversity of Manchester
ThesisSome problems concerning the luminosity and other properties of the upper atmosphere
Doctoral advisorSydney Chapman[2]
Doctoral students

Franz Daniel Kahn FRS FRAS[5] (1926–1998) was a mathematician and astrophysicist at the University of Manchester.[6][7][8] He was Professor of Astronomy from 1966 to 1993, then Emeritus thereafter in the School of Physics and Astronomy.[9]

Education[edit]

Kahn was educated at St Paul's School, London from 1940 to 1944,[6] after which he secured an open scholarship to The Queen's College, Oxford.[9][6] After graduating with first-class honours in mathematics in 1947 he moved to Balliol College, Oxford in 1948 as a Skynner senior student.[6] He was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1950 for research supervised by Sydney Chapman on the luminosity of the upper atmosphere.[2][10]

Research and career[edit]

According to his certificate of election as a Fellow of the Royal Society:

Awards and honours[edit]

Kahn was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1993.[5] He was also a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS).[13]

Personal life[edit]

Kahn married Carla Copeland (Carla Kahn) in 1950 and had four children.[9] Kahn died of a heart attack in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, on 8 February 1998 and was buried in the Jewish cemetery in south Manchester.[13] He was survived by his four children.[13][1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Kahn, Jeremy (2013). "About my father: Franz Kahn". jeremykahnwriting.wordpress.com. Archived from the original on 22 November 2013.
  2. ^ a b Franz Daniel Kahn at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Sargent, Wallace Leslie William (1957). Dynamics of novae – a relativistic treatment (PhD thesis). University of Manchester.
  4. ^ O'Brien, Timothy John (1990). A model for the remnant of the recurrent nova RS Ophiuchi (1985) (PhD thesis). University of Manchester.
  5. ^ a b Dyson, James E.; Lynden Bell, Donald (1999). "Franz Daniel Kahn. 13 May 1926 – 8 February 1998: Elected F.R.S. 1993". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 45 (0): 255–267. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1999.0017. ISSN 0080-4606.
  6. ^ a b c d Graham-Smith, Francis (2004). "Kahn, Franz Daniel". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/69540.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  7. ^ H. P., Palmer; Kahn, F.D. (1968). Quasars: their importance in astronomy and physics. Manchester University Press. ISBN 9780719002649. OCLC 500159318.
  8. ^ Terrell, J. (1968). "Quasars. Their Importance in Astronomy and Physics. F. D. Kahn and H. P. Palmer. Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Mass., 1967. xii + 112 pp". Science. 159 (3812): 291–292. doi:10.1126/science.159.3812.291. ISSN 0036-8075.
  9. ^ a b c "KAHN, Prof. Franz Daniel". Who's Who. ukwhoswho.com. 2017 (online Oxford University Press ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (subscription or UK public library membership required) (subscription required)
  10. ^ Kahn, Franz Daniel (1950). Some problems concerning the luminosity and other properties of the upper atmosphere. ethos.bl.uk (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford.
  11. ^ Kahn, Carla; Kahn, Franz (1975). "Letters from Einstein to de Sitter on the nature of the Universe". Nature. 257 (5526): 451–454. Bibcode:1975Natur.257..451K. doi:10.1038/257451a0. ISSN 0028-0836.
  12. ^ Anon (1993). "Certificate of election: EC/1993/20 Franz Daniel Kahn (1926–1998)". collections.royalsociety.org. London: Royal Society. Archived from the original on 31 May 2017.
  13. ^ a b c Dyson, John (1998). "Franz Daniel Kahn FRS 1926–1998". Astronomy & Geophysics. 39 (5): 5.32–5.33. doi:10.1093/astrog/39.5.5.32. ISSN 1366-8781.