Rudolf Kippenhahn originally studied mathematics and physics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg before changing to Astronomy. From 1975 to 1991, Kippenhahn was director of the Max Planck Institute For Astrophysics in Garching, Munich, Germany. Since 1991, Kippenhahn has been an active published author in Göttingen, trying to popularise astronomical science research, in the same vein as Stephen Hawking's writing, for which he won the Bruno H. Bürgel prize. His books cover such diverse topics as astronomy, cryptology and atomic physics. In the year 2005, Kippenhahn was honoured by the Royal Astronomical Society with the Eddington medal for his scientific research into the computation of the structure of star and of stellar evolution.
- Kippenhahn, R.; Weigert, A.; Weiss, A. (2012). Stellar Structure and Evolution. Springer, Berlin. Bibcode:2012sse..book.....K. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-30304-3. ISBN 978-3-642-30255-8.
- Kippenhahn, R.; Moellenhoff, C. (1975). Elementary Plasma Physics. Bibliographic Institute, Mannheim. Bibcode:1975elpl.book.....K.
- sightandsound.com website showcasing some of Dr Rudolphs work.
- Dr Rudolph delivering a lecture on Quasars at the University of Jena
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