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Paul Herget

Paul Herget, American astronomer, educator. Recipient Engineer of Year award Tech and Science Socs. Council of Cincinnati, 1957; Taft medal U. Cincinnati Alumni Association, 1965; Gov’s award State Ohio, 1972; Rieveschl award University Cincinnati, 1974.


  • Herget, Paul was born on January 30, 1908 in Cincinnati. Son of Conrad Fred and Clara Louise (Brueckner) Herget.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts, Univercity Cincinnati, 1931, Master of Arts, 1933, Doctor of Philosophy., 1935. Doctor of Science (honorary), Edgecliff College, 1969.


    • March 1972); 1 daughter, Marilyn Jean. Married second, Anne Vallery Lorbach, September 20, 1972. Instructor astronomy U. Cincinnati, 1931-1940, assistant professor, 1940-1943, professor, 1943-1978, Distinguished Service professor, 1965-1978.

      Morrison fellow Lick Observatory, University of California, 1935-1936. Scientist Navy Department, United States Naval Observatory, 1942-1946. Director Cincinnati Observatory, 1943-1978, Minor Planet Center of International Astronomical Union, 1947-1978.

      Consultant Manhattan Project, Oak Ridge, Atomic Energy Commission, Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, United States Air Force Project Atlas, NRL Project Vanguard, Project Mercury. Staff Watson Science Computing Laboratory, 1951-1952.


    • Author: The Computation of Orbits, 1948.


    Member National Academy Sciences (recipient James Craig Watson gold medal 1965), American Astronomical Society (council 1952-1955), American Association for the Advancement of Science, Engineering Society Cincinnati (honorary), American Association University Professors, International Astronomical Union (president commission 20 1961-1967), Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Xi.


    • Married Harriet Louise Smith, July 27, 1935 (deceased.; married second, Anne Vallery Lorbach, September 20, 1972.
    • father: Conrad Fred Herget
    • mother: Clara Louise (Brueckner) Herget
    • spouses: Harriet Louise Smith
    • Anne Vallery Lorbach
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    Born January 30, 1908
    Died August 27, 1981
    (aged 73)