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Archival as SubjectPublished as Subject

Louis G. Henyey

Photo

Dates

February 3, 1910 – February 18, 1970

Authorized Form of Name

Henyey, Louis G., 1910-1970

Biography

Abstract

Louis George Henyey was Professor of Astronomy at the University of California, Berkeley (1947-1970). Other institutional affiliations included Yerkes Observatory, University of Chicago and Columbia University. His research interests included star structure and interstellar matter.

Important Dates

February 3, 1910Birth, McKees Rocks (Pa.).

1932Obtained BS, Case School of Applied Science, Cleveland (Ohio).

1933Obtained MS, Case School of Applied Science, Cleveland (Ohio).

1934 – 1940Graduate Student and Assistant Astrophysicist (1934-1937) and Instructor (1937-1940), Yerkes Observatory, University of Chicago, Chicago (Ill.).

1937Obtained PhD in Astronomy, University of Chicago, Chicago (Ill.).

1940 – 1941Guggenheim Fellow, Columbia University.

1942 – 1947Assistant Professor, Yerkes Observatory, University of Chicago, Chicago (Ill.).

1947 – 1970Assistant Professor of Astronomy (1947-1948); Associate Professor of Astronomy (1948-1954); Professor of Astronomy (1954-1970); Director, Computer Center (1957-1960); Director, Leuschner Observatory (1959-1964); and Chair, Department of Astronomy (1959-1964), University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley (Calif.).

1951 – 1952Research Associate, Princeton University.

1968Member, National Academy of Sciences.

February 18, 1970Death, Berkeley (Calif.).

Occupation

Astrophysicist.

Places

Birth

McKees Rocks (Pa.)

Undergraduate Education

Cleveland (Ohio)

Graduate Education

Cleveland (Ohio)

Chicago (Ill.)

Employment

Chicago (Ill.)

Berkeley (Calif.)

Death

Berkeley (Calif.)

Subjects

Astrophysics.

Cosmology.

Interstellar matter.

Optics.

Radiative transfer.

Stars -- Structure.

Relationships

People

Family

Henyey, Albert

Father.

Henyey, Elizabeth Maryrose

Daughter.

Henyey, Elizabeth Rose Belak

Wife, married in 1934.

Henyey, Francis Stephen

Son.

Henyey, Mary

Mother.

Henyey, Thomas L. (Thomas Louis)

Son.

Colleagues

Chandrasekhar, S. (Subrahmanyan), 1910-1995

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Herzberg, Gerhard, 1904-1999

Both employed at Yerkes Observatory.

Ross, Frank E. (Frank Elmore), 1874-1960

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Zener, Clarence, 1905-

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Additional

Babcock, Horace W.

Greenstein, Jesse L. (Jesse Leonard), 1909-2002

King, Ivan R.

Kippenhahn, Rudolf, 1926-

Morgan, W. W. (William Wilson), 1906-1994

Osterbrock, Donald E.

Reaves, Gibson, 1923-2005

Shane, Charles Donald, 1895-1983

Spinrad, Hyron, 1934-

Wesselink, Adriaan Jan, 1909-1995

Institutions

Major Positions

Princeton University. Department of Astrophysical Sciences

Research Associate.

University of California, Berkeley. Department of Astronomy

Assistant Professor of Astronomy; Associate Professor of Astronomy; Professor of Astronomy; Director, Computer Center; Director, Leuschner Observatory; and Chair, Department of Astronomy.

University of Chicago. Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics

Obtained PhD in Astronomy (1937). Instructor; and Assistant Professor.

Yerkes Observatory

Graduate Student; Assistant Astrophysicist; and Assistant Professor.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Case School of Applied Science

Obtained BS (1932) and MS (1933).

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Resources

Archival Resources

Subject

Gibson Reaves notes on lectures by Louis G. Henyey, 1947-1950.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Adriaan J. Wesselink, 1977 September 23 and 1978 June 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Charles Donald Shane, 1978 July 14.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Donald E. Osterbrock, 1982 January 21.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Horace W. Babcock, 1977 July 25.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Hyron Spinrad, 1977 July 19.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Ivan Robert King, 1977 July 18 and 20 July 1978.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Jesse Leonard Greenstein, 1974 July 31.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with Jesse Leonard Greenstein, 1982 February 25, and March 16 and 23.

Institute Archives

California Institute of Technology

1201 East California Blvd. (Mail Code 015A-74), Pasadena, CA 91125, USA

Oral history interview with Rudolf Kippenhahn, 1978 June 18.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Oral history interview with W. W. Morgan, 1978 August 8 and 9.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Published Resources

Subject

"Louis George Henyey: 1910-1970", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences