Strasbourg Astronomical Observatory is quite an interesting place for historians: several changes of nationality between France and Germany, high-profile scientists having been based there, big projects born or installed within its walls, and so on.
Most of the documents circulating on the history of the Observatory and on related matters have however been so far poorly referenced, if at all. This made necessary the compilation of a volume such as this one, offering fully-documented historical facts and references on the first decades of the Observatory history, authored by both French and German specialists.
The experts contributing to this book have done their best to write in a way understandable to readers not necessarily hyperspecialized in astronomy nor in the details of European history.
Several appendices conclude the book: lists of council members and of Observatory scientific personnel, as well as a compendium of the institutional publications until the year 2000.
Table of ContentsStrasbourg Astronomical Observatory and its Multinational History.- Strasbourg Observatory in German Times.- The Observatory of the Emperor Wilhelm University: the People Behind the Documents.- Strasbourg Observatory in World War II.- Strasbourg Observatory: A Breeding Place for French Astronomical Instrumentation in the 20TH Century.- Walter F. Wislicenus and Modern Astronomical Bibliography.- The Nebular Research of Carl Wirtz.- Paul Muller (1910–2000).- Vistas into the CDS Genesis.- The Stellar Data Center: Origins and Early Beginnings (1972–1974).- The Hipparcos Project at Strasbourg Observatory.- Strasbourg Observatory and the Astronomische Gesellschaft.- Strasbourg Observatory and Astronomical Events in the Regional Press in the Early 20TH Century.- The Coronelli Globe of Strasbourg Observatory.- Strasbourg Green Rays.- Strasbourg Observatory Council Members.- CDS Council Members.- Strasbourg Observatory Scientific Personnel (From Foundation to About Year 2000).- Strasbourg Observatory Institutional Publications.