Gustav Andreas Tammann

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Gustav Andreas Tammann
Born (1932-07-24) July 24, 1932 (age 85)
Göttingen, Germany
Awards Albert Einstein Medal, Karl Schwarzschild Medal, Tomalla Prize
Scientific career
Fields Astronomy

Gustav Andreas Tammann (born 24 July 1932) was the director of the Astronomical Institute of the University of Basel, Switzerland, European Space Agency member of the Space Telescope Advisory Team, and Member of Council of the European Southern Observatory. His research interests include supernovae and the extragalactic distance scale. Tammann is a former President of the International Astronomical Union Commission on Galaxies.

Tammann is the grandson of the physical chemist Gustav Tammann.


In 2000 he received the Albert Einstein Medal that is given for "outstanding scientific findings, works, or publications related to Albert Einstein"[1] and the Tomalla Prize for his efforts in measuring the expansion rate of the universe and especially for his pioneering work using Supernovae as standard candles.[2] In 2005 received the Karl Schwarzschild Medal.

The asteroid 18872 Tammann is named for him.[3]


  1. ^ "Albert Einstein Medal". Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  2. ^ "The Tomalla Foundation". Retrieved 2010-10-27. 
  3. ^ "Main-belt Asteroid: 18872 Tammann (1999 VR20)". Retrieved 2010-10-27. 

External links

  • Gustav A. Tammann
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