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Carl Gustav Witt

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Nationality  German
Fields  Astronomy

Role  Astronomer
Name  Carl Witt
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Born  October 29, 1866 Berlin, Kingdom of Prussia (1866-10-29)
Institutions  Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universitat, Urania Sternwarte Berlin
Known for  discovery of 433 Eros and 422 Berolina
Notable awards  Iron Cross 2nd Class, 2732 Witt is named after him
Died  January 3, 1946, Falkensee, Germany
Alma mater  Humboldt University of Berlin
Institution  Humboldt University of Berlin

Doctoral advisor  Julius Bauschinger
Discovered  422 Berolina, 433 Eros

Carl Gustav Witt (October 29, 1866 – January 3, 1946) was a German astronomer and discover of two asteroids who worked at the Berlin Urania Observatory, a popular observatory of the Urania astronomical association of Berlin.

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He wrote a doctoral thesis under the direction of Julius Bauschinger.

Witt discovered two asteroids, most notably 433 Eros, the first asteroid with a male name, and the first known near-Earth object. His first minor planet discovery was the main-belt asteroid 422 Berolina, that bears the Latin name of his adoptive city.

The minor planet 2732 Witt – an A-type asteroid from the main-belt, discovered by Max Wolf at Heidelberg Observatory in 1926 – was named in his memory by American astronomer and MPC's longtime director, Brian G. Marsden. Naming citation was published on 22 September 1983 (M.P.C. 8153).

References

Carl Gustav Witt Wikipedia


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