George Herbig

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George Herbig
Born(1920-01-02)January 2, 1920
DiedOctober 12, 2013(2013-10-12) (aged 93)
CitizenshipUnited States citizen
Alma materUniversity of California, Berkeley
Known forHerbig–Haro objects
Herbig Ae/Be stars
Scientific career
FieldsStar formation, interstellar medium
InstitutionsUniversity of Hawaii

George Howard Herbig (January 2, 1920 – October 12, 2013) was an American astronomer at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy.[1] He is perhaps best known for the discovery of Herbig–Haro objects.[2][3]


Born in 1920 in Wheeling, West Virginia,[4] Herbig received his Ph.D in 1948 at the University of California, Berkeley; his dissertation is entitled A Study of Variable Stars in Nebulosity.


His specialty was stars at an early stage of evolution (a class of intermediate mass pre–main sequence stars are named Herbig Ae/Be stars after him) and the interstellar medium. He was perhaps best known for his discovery, with Guillermo Haro, of the Herbig–Haro objects; bright patches of nebulosity excited by bipolar outflow from a star being born.

Herbig also made prominent contributions to the field of diffuse interstellar band (DIB) research, especially through a series of nine articles published between 1963 and 1995 entitled "The diffuse interstellar bands."



Named after him

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ a b "The Bruce Medalists: George Howard Herbig". Retrieved 2010-02-01.
  2. ^ "George Herbig (1920-2013)". AstroWright. 2013-10-13. Archived from the original on 2013-10-25. Retrieved 2013-11-03.
  3. ^ Reipurth, B. (2013). "George Herbig (1920–2013) Astronomer who pioneered studies of young stars". Nature. 503 (7477): 470. Bibcode:2013Natur.503..470R. doi:10.1038/503470a. PMID 24284724.
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  5. ^ "Helen B. Warner Prize for Astronomy". American Astronomical Society. Archived from the original on 2010-12-22. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
  6. ^ "Henry Norris Russell Lectureship". American Astronomical Society. Archived from the original on 2010-12-22. Retrieved 2010-02-01.
  7. ^ "Outbursts from a newborn star". Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  8. ^ Herbig, G. H.; Petrov, P. P.; Duemmler, R. (2003). "High-Resolution Spectroscopy of FU Orionis Stars". The Astrophysical Journal. 595 (1): 384–411. arXiv:astro-ph/0306559. Bibcode:2003ApJ...595..384H. doi:10.1086/377194.
  9. ^ Herbig, G. H.; Dahm, S. E. (2002). "The Young Cluster IC 5146". The Astronomical Journal. 123 (1): 304. Bibcode:2002AJ....123..304H. doi:10.1086/324638.
  10. ^ Herbig, G. H.; Simon, T. (2001). "Barnard's Merope Nebula Revisited: New Observational Results". The Astronomical Journal. 121 (6): 3138–3148. Bibcode:2001AJ....121.3138H. doi:10.1086/321077.

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