Institute for Astronomy
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||Present research activities: special subjects on the history of astronomy, in particular the birth of new scientific concepts and their merging into the cultural environment.|
Harry Nussbaumer, born 16.11 1935, studied physics at ETH. After his Ph.D. on the subject of the solar corona with M. Waldmeier he moved to the University College London (1967-1969), where he specialised under M.J. Seaton F.R.S. in atomic physics and astrophysical spectroscopy. After further astrophysical research at JILA (Joint Institute of Laboratory Astrophysics), Boulder, USA (1969-1971), and at the Observatoire de Paris, Meudon (1971-1972) he returned in autumn 1972 to ETH. At the Institute of Astronomy he lead the group of stellar astrophysics; in 1983 he was named professor. Before his retirement the focal points of his research were twofold: the late stages of stellar evolution, in particular the constitution and evolution of symbiotic stars, and the calculation of atomic parameters essential in the interpretation of astrophysical spectra. In his astrophysical research he combined the setting up of theoretical astrophysical models with the best earth- and spaceborne observations. He was a member of several international committees, president of Swiss Society for Astrophysics and Astronomy and member of the board of the Astronomische Gesellschaft; in 1994 he was elected as honorary member of the Royal Astronomical Society.
After his retirement in the winter of 2000 he remained a member of the Institute for Astronomy. His research now concentrates on the history of astronomy, in particular the Copernican revolution, the history of cosmology, as well as the roots and the evolution of astronomy and astrology. His interest is focused on the question, how new scientific concepts were assimilated by the cultural environment.
Einstein's aborted attempt
at a dynamic steady-state universe.
eprint arXiv:1402.4099 (2014).
Einstein's conversion from
his static to an expanding universe.
Slipher's Redshifts as
Support for de Sitter's Model and the Discovery of the Dynamic Universe.
Achtzig Jahre Urknall
Revolution am Himmel
─ Wie die kopernikanische Wende die Astronomie veränderte.
The Discovery of the
Expanding Universe and 80 Years of Big Bang.
An Hubbles Image wird gekratzt
Discovering the Expanding Universe
Weltbild der Astronomie
Weltbild der Astronomie
of Symbiotic Nebulae
accretion wake in RW Hydrae?
spectral modeling, and diagnostics of symbiotic stars
and stellar parameters for FG Ser
matter around M-giants in symbiotic binaries: SY Muscae and RW Hydrae
Monocerotis: orbital and stellar parameters.
our understanding of Symbiotic stars
High resolution Spectroscopy of symbiotic
stars. Radial velocity curve for CD-43
history of the symbiotic nova RR Tel
red giant atmospheres in S-type symbiotic stars
Symbiotic stars with Wolf-Rayet spectra as
PU Vulpeculae: an eclipsing symbiotic nova
Mass Accretion onto Compact Objects in 2D
Extragalactic symbiotic systems. II.
Hubble Space Telescope
The far-UV variability of the symbiotic
star SY Mus
a fast wind in the symbiotic nova AG Pegasi
Similarities and differences between
wind in the symbiotic nova AG Pegasii
Temperatures and luminosities of symbiotic
Modification of the nebular environment in
The outburst of symbiotic novae
Spectroscopic observations and relative
C,N,O abundances of yellow symbiotic stars.
Stability analysis of colliding winds in a
double star system
Absolute radius of an M giant
PU Vulpeculae: the outburst of a symbiotic
outburst of symbiotic novae
light curves of symbiotic novae
and luminosities of symbiotic stars
and TIRGO observations of the symbiotic star HBV 475
Sge still evolving
years in the life of symbiotic stars
in Symbiotic systems
HM Sge, the evolution of a
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