Papers of Professor Ludwig Becker (1860-1947), Regius Professor of Astronomy, University of Glasgow, Scotland

Scope and Content

  • Workings and figures for 7 hypotheses for ‘Kugelsternhaufen’, early 20th century

Administrative / Biographical History

Ludwig Wilhelm Emil Ernst Becker (b 1860) was Regius Professor of Astronomy at the University from 1893 until he retired in 1935.

Born in Wesel, Germany, Becker studied at the University of Bonn, and following his PhD and a two-year appointment in the Berlin Observatory, he came to Scotland in 1885 to take charge of the observatory at Dunecht, Aberdeenshire.He was a popular lecturer and it was said that his classes were larger than those of any other professor of astronomy in Britain. His main areas of research were in celestial mechanics, nebulae and the physical features of the moon.


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Acquisition Information

Gift : Theda Wendt : 17 Jun 2013 : ACCN 3771


Collection box listed by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 17 Jun 2013. Collection level description created by Emma Yan, Assistant Archivist, 10 Jan 2014

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File list available by request to the Duty Archivist

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Related Material

GB 0247, Sp Coll Kelvin 152: Testimonials in Favour of Ludwig Becker, Candidate for the Chair of Practical Astronomy in the University of Glasgow

GB 0248, Records of the Department of Astronomy, University of Glasgow