Paul Herget

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Paul Herget (1908–1981) was an American astronomer.[1]

Herget taught astronomy at the University of Cincinnati. He was a pioneer in the use of machine methods, and eventually digital computers, in the solving of scientific and specifically astronomical problems (for example, in the calculation of ephemeris tables for minor planets). The asteroid 1751 Herget is named in his honour.[2]

During World War II he applied these same talents to the war effort, helping to locate U-boats by means of the application of spherical trigonometry.

Herget established the Minor Planet Center at the university after the war in 1947. He was also named director of the Cincinnati Observatory. The Minor Planet Center was eventually relocated in 1978 to the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where it still operates.


  1. ^ Seidelmann, P. K. (January 1982). "Paul Herget". Physics Today 35 (1): 86–87. Bibcode:1982PhT....35a..86S. doi:10.1063/1.2890023. 
  2. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (1751) Herget. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 139. ISBN 978-3-540-29925-7. Retrieved November 2015. 

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