Dirk Brouwer

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Dirk Brouwer
Born (1902-09-01)September 1, 1902
Died January 31, 1966(1966-01-31) (aged 63)
Nationality Dutch
Citizenship American
Alma mater Leiden University
Known for celestial mechanics
Awards Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society (1955)
Bruce Medal (1966)
Scientific career
Fields astronomy

Dirk Brouwer (September 1, 1902, Rotterdam – January 31, 1966, New Haven) was a Dutch-American astronomer.[1]

He received his Ph.D. in 1927 at Leiden University under Willem de Sitter[2] and then went to Yale University. From 1941 until 1966 he was editor of the Astronomical Journal.

He specialized in celestial mechanics and together with Gerald Clemence wrote the textbook Methods of Celestial Mechanics.


Named after him


  1. ^ "Obituary: Dirk Brouwer". Physics Today. 19 (3): 108–109. March 1966. doi:10.603/1.3048090. Archived from the original on 2013-09-17.
  2. ^ Hockey, Thomas (2009). The Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers. Springer Publishing. ISBN 978-0-387-31022-0. Retrieved August 22, 2012.

External links

  • Bruce Medal page
  • Awarding of Bruce medal
  • Awarding of RAS gold medal
  • National Academy of Sciences Biographical Memoir


  • AJ 71 (1966) 76 (one paragraph)
  • Obs 86 (1966) 92 (one line)
  • PASP 78 (1966) 104 (one line, see also [1])
  • QJRAS 8 (1967) 84
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