Karl Friedrich Küstner

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Karl Friedrich Küstner in 1931

Karl Friedrich Küstner (born in Görlitz on 22 August 1856, died 15 October 1936) was a German astronomer who also made contributions to Geodesy. In 1888 he reportedly discovered the Polar motion of the Earth.[1] In 1910 he received the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society for cataloguing stars and detecting latitude variation.[2]

He received his PhD from the University of Strasbourg in 1879 under Friedrich August Theodor Winnecke.[3]


  1. ^ Astrophysics Institute of Potsdam. aip.de
  2. ^ "Gold Medal, the, presented to Prof. Friedrich Küstner, for his catalogue of stars, his pioneer determination of the aberration constant from motions in the line of sight, and his detection of the variation of latitude". Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. 65: 857. 1905. Bibcode:1905MNRAS..65R.857.. doi:10.1093/mnras/65.9.857. 
  3. ^ Hockey, Thomas (2009). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers. Springer Publishing. ISBN 978-0-387-31022-0. Retrieved 22 August 2012.