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astrophysicist

Christian Johann Henkel, German astrophysicist. Member Astronomische Gesellschaft, American Astronomical Society, International Astronomical Union.

Background

Henkel, Christian Johann was born on January 8, 1950 in Dusseldorf, Federal Republic Germany. Son of Christian Wilhelm and Renate (Haeberle) Henkel.

Education

Doctor of Philosophy, University Bonn, Germany, 1980.

Career

Postdoctoral fellow, Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy, Bonn, 1980; postdoctoral fellow, University California, Berkeley, 1982; postdoctoral fellow, Bell laboratories, Holmdel, New Jersey, 1982-1983; staff scientist, Max Planck Institute for Radioastronomy, since 1984.

Achievements

  • Achievements include detection of extragalactic Christian Science, CH3OH, Higher National Certificate, C2H, CN, HC3N, HNCO, N2H+, SiO, CH3CN, CH3C2H, OCS, of most luminous H20 maser known to date. Co-explanation of OH megamaser phenomenon. First detection of a maser from a carbon star.

    Determination of interstellar oxygen and carbon isotope ratios inside and outside the galaxy establishing 12C/13C and 32S/34S abundance gradients across the galactic plane. One of first molecular surveys in lenticular and elliptical galaxies. Detection of an intergalactic molecular complex.

    Research in studies of the cool dense gas in active galactic nuclei, studies of "hot cores" (sites where massive stars are forming) with respect to density, temperature and chemistry.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Contributor over 150 articles to professional journals.

Membership

Member Astronomische Gesellschaft, American Astronomical Society, International Astronomical Union.

Connections

Married Ping Yen, August 22, 1985. 1 child, Melanie.

father:
Christian Wilhelm Henkel

mother:
Renate (Haeberle) Henkel

spouse:
Ping Yen

child:
Melanie Henkel