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George Herbig

George Herbig
Born (1920-01-02)January 2, 1920
Wheeling, West Virginia
Died October 12, 2013(2013-10-12) (aged 93)
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Residence Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Citizenship United States citizen
Fields Star formation, interstellar medium
Institutions University of Hawaii
Alma mater University of California, Berkeley
Known for Herbig–Haro objects
Herbig Ae/Be stars

George Howard Herbig (January 2, 1920 – October 12, 2013) was an astronomer at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy.[1] He is perhaps best known for the discovery of Herbig–Haro objects.[2][3]


  • Background 1
  • Honors 2
  • Selected publications 3
  • References 4


Born in 1920 in Wheeling, West Virginia,[4] Herbig received his Ph.D in 1948 at the University of California, Berkeley; his dissertation is entitled A Study of Variable Stars in Nebulosity. His specialty was stars at an early stage of evolution (a class of intermediate mass pre–main sequence stars are named Herbig Ae/Be stars after him and the interstellar medium. He was perhaps best known for his discovery, with Guillermo Haro, of the Herbig–Haro objects; bright patches of nebulosity excited by bipolar outflow from a star being born. Herbig has also made prominent contributions to the field of diffuse interstellar band (DIB) research, especially through a series of nine articles published between 1963 and 1995 entitled "The diffuse interstellar bands."



Named after him

Herbig–Haro object (HH) 212.[7]

Selected publications

  • "High-Resolution Spectroscopy of FU Orionis Stars", ApJ 595 (2003) 384–411 [8]
  • "The Young Cluster IC 5146", AJ 123 (2002) 304–327 [9]
  • "Barnard's Merope Nebula Revisited: New Observational Results", AJ 121 (2001) 3138–3148 [10]
  • "The Diffuse Interstellar Bands", (1995) 19–7333Annu. Rev. Astrophys.
  • "The Unusual Pre-Main-Sequence star VY Tauri", (1990) 639–649360ApJ
  • "The Structure and Spectrum of R Monocerotis", (1968) 439152ApJ
  • "The Spectra of Two Nebulous Objects Near NGC 1999", (1951) 697113ApJ


  1. ^ a b "The Bruce Medalists: George Howard Herbig". Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  2. ^ "George Herbig (1920-2013)". AstroWright. 2013-10-13. Retrieved 2013-11-03. 
  3. ^ Reipurth, B. (2013). "George Herbig (1920–2013) Astronomer who pioneered studies of young stars". Nature 503 (7477): 470.  
  4. ^ [2]
  5. ^ "Helen B. Warner Prize for Astronomy". American Astronomical Society. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  6. ^ "Henry Norris Russell Lectureship". American Astronomical Society. Retrieved 2010-02-01. 
  7. ^ "Outbursts from a newborn star". Retrieved 12 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "High-Resolution Spectroscopy of FU Orionis Stars". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  9. ^ "The Young Cluster IC 5146". Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  10. ^ Herbig, G. H.; Simon, T. (2001). "Barnard's Merope Nebula Revisited: New Observational Results". The Astronomical Journal 121 (6): 3138–3148.  
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