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Minor planets discovered: 20 [1]
520 Franziska[1] October 27, 1903
538 Friederike July 18, 1904
542 Susanna[2] August 15, 1904
543 Charlotte September 11, 1904
544 Jetta September 11, 1904
545 Messalina October 3, 1904
546 Herodias October 10, 1904
547 Praxedis October 14, 1904
548 Kressida October 14, 1904
554 Peraga January 8, 1905
556 Phyllis January 8, 1905
563 Suleika April 6, 1905
564 Dudu May 9, 1905
566 Stereoskopia May 28, 1905
567 Eleutheria May 28, 1905
568 Cheruskia July 26, 1905
571 Dulcinea September 4, 1905
572 Rebekka September 19, 1905
576 Emanuela September 22, 1905
1418 Fayeta September 22, 1903

1 with Max Wolf
2 with August Kopff

Paul Götz (1883–1962) was a German astronomer and discoverer of 20 minor planets between 1903 and 1905.[1][2]

He did his Ph.D. dissertation in 1907 at the Landessternwarte Heidelberg-Königstuhl (Königstuhl Observatory, near Heidelberg) at the University of Heidelberg.[3]

At the time, the observatory at Heidelberg was a center for asteroid discovery under the direction of Max Wolf, and several past and future fellow Ph.D.s (Raymond Smith Dugan, Joseph Helffrich, Franz Kaiser, Karl Reinmuth, Emil Ernst, Alfred Bohrmann) made a number of asteroid discoveries. Thus the asteroid discoveries by "P. Gotz" at Heidelberg in this time frame are undoubtedly identified with the Paul Götz who got his Ph.D. in 1907.

The main-belt asteroid 2278 Götz was named in his memory in 1991 (M.P.C. 18447).[4][5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 23 May 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  2. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2007). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – (2278) Götz. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. p. 185. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  3. ^ List of Dissertations at the Landessternwarte Heidelberg-Königstuhl Archived 2004-06-23 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  5. ^ "2278 Gotz (1953 GE)". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 17 June 2016.