Gustav Andreas Tammann

Gustav Andreas Tammann (24 July 1932 – 6 January 2019) was a German astronomer and academic. He served as director of the Astronomical Institute of the University of Basel; as a member of the European Space Agency Space Telescope Advisory Team, and as Member of Council of the European Southern Observatory. His research interests include supernovae and the extragalactic distance scale. Tammann was a former President of the International Astronomical Union Commission on Galaxies.

Gustav Andreas Tammann
Born(1932-07-24)24 July 1932
Died6 January 2019(2019-01-06) (aged 86)
Alma materUniversity of Basel, University of Göttingen
AwardsAlbert Einstein Medal, Karl Schwarzschild Medal, Tomalla Prize
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Hamburg, University of Basel

Education and early careerEdit

Tammann studied astronomy in Basel, Switzerland and Göttingen, Germany. In 1963 he began a longtime working relationship with Allan Sandage at the Mount Wilson and Palomar observatories.

Academic careerEdit

In 1972 he became a professor at the University of Hamburg. From 1977 until his retirement, he was a professor and head of the Astronomical Institute at the University of Basel.

Tammann is the grandson of the physical chemist Gustav Tammann.


In 1991 Tammann became a full member of Academia Europaea, and in 1993 became a corresponding member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities.[1] In 2000 he received the Albert Einstein Medal that is given for "outstanding scientific findings, works, or publications related to Albert Einstein"[2] 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.[3] In 2005 received the Karl Schwarzschild Medal.

The asteroid 18872 Tammann was named for him in 2001.[4]


  1. ^ "Member of HAdW". (in German). Archived from the original on 3 August 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Albert Einstein Medal". Retrieved 2010-10-27.
  3. ^ "The Tomalla Foundation". Retrieved 2010-10-27.
  4. ^ "Main-belt Asteroid: 18872 Tammann (1999 VR20)". Retrieved 2010-10-27.

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