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Bruhns, Karl Christian

Born: 1830 AD
Died: 1881 AD
Nationality: German
Categories: Astronomers

1830 – Born on November 22nd in Plön. German astronomer.

1851 – Started his part-time work as a computer at Berlin Observatory.

1852-1855 – He soon was "discovered" by its director Johann Franz Encke, and became second assistant, first assistant and observer.

1859 – A prize assignment on astronomical refraction developed into his habilitation thesis.

1860 – Bruhns was appointed observer and professor.

1868 – Became the director of the Leipzig observatory.

         – He discovered comets and calculated their elements as well as those of minor planets.

1872 – From calculations of the path of the meteorites of November 27th, he connected this shower with Biela’s comet.

1881 – He died from a heart disease at the early age of 51 on July 25th at Leipzig.