May 28, 1895|
Strasbourg, German Empire
|Died||January 4, 1976
|Notable awards||Bruce Medal in 1961|
|1620 Geographos||September 14, 1951|
Minkowski was the son of Marie Johanna Siegel and physiologist Oskar Minkowski. His uncle was Hermann Minkowski, a mathematician and one of Einstein's teachers in Zürich. Rudolph studied supernovae and, together with Walter Baade, divided them into two classes (Type I and Type II) based on their spectral characteristics. He and Baade also found optical counterparts to various radio sources.
He headed the National Geographic Society – Palomar Observatory Sky Survey, a photographic atlas of the entire northern sky (and down to declination -22°) up to an apparent magnitude of 22.
Together with Albert George Wilson, he co-discovered the near-Earth Apollo asteroid 1620 Geographos in 1951. He also discovered Planetary Nebula M2-9. He won the Bruce Medal in 1961. The lunar crater Minkowski is named after him and his uncle.
- Minkowski, R (1960), "International Cooperative Efforts Directed Toward Optical Identification of Radio Sources", Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (Jan 1960) 46 (1), pp. 13–9, Bibcode:1960PNAS...46...13M, doi:10.1073/pnas.46.1.13, PMC 284999, PMID 16590587
- "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 23 May 2016. Retrieved June 2016.
- Kuhi, Leonard V. (March 1976). "Rudoph L. Minkowski". Physics Today 29 (3): 78–80. doi:10.1063/1.3023389.
- Notable Scientists from 1900 to the Present: I–M
- The Concise Dictionary of American Jewish Biography
- Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (1620) Geographos. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 128. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved June 2016.
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