Holger Thiele

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Asteroids discovered: 4 [1]
797 Montana November 17, 1914 MPC
843 Nicolaia September 30, 1916 MPC
1847 Stobbe February 1, 1916 MPC
3229 Solnhofen August 9, 1916 MPC

Holger Thiele (September 25, 1878 – June 5, 1946) was a Danish American astronomer and discoverer of minor planets and comets.[2]

He was the son of Thorvald Nicolai Thiele (1838–1910), the noted Danish astronomer, actuary and mathematician, after whom the main-belt asteroid 1586 Thiele is named.[3]

Holger Thiele is credited by the Minor Planet Center with the discovery of 4 numbered asteroids during 1914–1916.[1] He also discovered the comet C/1906 V1 and calculated the orbits of other comets. He worked at Hamburg-Bergedorf Observatory at Bergedorf, in Hamburg, Germany. In 1912, he immigrated to the United States.[4]

In 1917, he started working as a fellow for the University of California at Lick Observatory, near San Jose, California. Holger Thiele died in Alameda County in 1946.[5]

Selected works[edit]

  • Corrected elements and ephemeris of minor planet 1924 TD (Baade) (University of California Press. 1925)
  • Elements and ephemeris of Comet d 1927 (Stearns) (University of California Press. 1927)


  1. ^ a b "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 22 June 2016. Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  2. ^ California Death Records
  3. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). "(1586) Thiele". Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (1586) Thiele. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. pp. 125–126. doi:10.1007/978-3-540-29925-7_1587. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3.
  4. ^ The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc
  5. ^ SAO/NASA Astrophysics Data System (ADS)