J.H. Oort Home Page

Jan Hendrik Oort
(1900 - 1992)

This Webpage accompanies a biography:

Jan Hendrik Oort:
Master of the Galactic System

by Pieter C. van der Kruit,

volume 459 in the Astrophysics and Space Science Library of Springer Publishers, (ISBN 978-3-030-17800-0). See also the product flyer.

The biography and this Website are dedicated to the memory of Professor Jacobus Cornelius Kapteyn (1851--1922), who Oort described as `mijn inspireerenden leermeester' (my inspiring mentor), and who laid the foundation for the boom of Dutch astronomy in the twentieth century and --last but not least-- to my wife Corry for her love and support.

The eBook version is available via the Springer site. This site also offers free previews of the Front Matter (titlepage, Preface, Acknowledgments, Table of Contents) and Back Matter (Appendices, References, Index).
The printed version was published on August 1, 2019.
Members of universities with the right agreement with Springer can download the book for free as a .pdf or .ePub, or order a MyCopy (paperback, B/W only) for 24.99 Euros, dollars, Pounds. etc.
The same is true for my Kapteyn biography and for the Legacy book.
For Groningen staff and students the access to the biography is through this link link and log in.
For the Kapteyn biography use link. The Legacy book is not available.

See also my books on Jacobus C. Kapteyn: Legacy and Kapteyn biography.

For Dutch speakers: Ik heb een Nederlands-talige biografie geschreven onder titel Horizonnen. Deze is verschenen in januari 2020.

For English speakers: An English translation of this appeared in December 2020 in the series Springer Biographies. Visit the Springer page and the Springer product flyer.

Some presentations on Oort:
Here is my presentation at the booklaunch at the Sterrewacht in Leiden.
And here is my presentation at the booklaunch at the DOT in Groningen, where I have made use of the planetarium facilities.
Jan Hendrik Oort (1900-1992) - Observational astronomer. Presentation at the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (IAU) in Vienna in August 2018.
Jan Hendrik Oort (1900-1992), Master of the Galactic System, colloquium given at various places.

I have provided English translations of many of Oort's articles in popular journals (Hemel en Dampking, Zenit, etc.).

This page has been developed and is maintained by
Prof. dr P.C. van der Kruit,
Emeritus Jacobus C. Kapteyn Distinguished Professor of Astronomy
Kapteyn Astronomical Institute,
University of Groningen
P.O. Box 800, 9700 AV Groningen, the Netherlands
Tel: +31 50 363 4062 / 4073 ;
Fax:+31 50 363 6100
E-mail: vdkruit@astro.rug.nl
WWW: www.astro.rug.nl/~vdkruit

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             Oort short biographies
             Oort obituaries
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