George Van Biesbroeck

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Date of Birth January 21, 1880
Place of Birth Belgium
Date of Death Feb 23, 1974 (94)
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George Van Biesbroeck

George A. Van Biesbroeck was a Belgian–American astronomer. He worked at observatories in Belgium, Germany and the United States. He specialized in the observation of double stars, asteroids and comets. He is notable for his long career as an observational astronomer.

Born: Jan 21, 1880, Ghent, Belgium
Died: Feb 23, 1974, United States
Residence: United States
Citizenship: United States
Nationality: Belgium - United States
Fields: astronomy
Institutions: Yerkes Observatory, McDonald Observatory
Alma mater: Ghent University
Known for: astrophotography, Discoverer of minor planets
Notable awards: Valz Prize (1928), James Craig Watson Medal (1957)

About George Van Biesbroeck

An observational astronomer who became known for his studies of double stars, asteroids, and comets at observatories in Belgium and the U.S. In his long career he discovered sixteen asteroids.

Before Fame

He was trained by such notables as German astronomer Max Wolf and German physicist Karl Schwarzschild at the Heidelberg Observatory and the Potsdam Observatory.


His greatest discovery was the periodic comet 53P/Van Biesbroeck, along with 16 asteroids and the two non-periodic comets: C/1925 W1 or Van Biesbroeck 1 and C/1935 Q1 or Van Biesbroeck 2; he published Van Biesbroeck's Star Catalog in 1961.

Family Life

He was born into a family mainly comprised of artists, yet his father urged him to earn a degree in Civil Engineering Construction; he later studied Theoretical Astronomy at Ghent University.


He confirmed Albert Einstein's Theory of Relativity in 1952.

Information related to George Van Biesbroeck

  • Belgian astronomers
  • Discoverers of comets
  • Belgian scientists
  • Discoverers of asteroids
  • 20th-century astronomers
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