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Paul Herget

astronomer , educator.

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.


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.

Conrad Fred Herget

Clara Louise (Brueckner) Herget

Harriet Louise Smith

Anne Vallery Lorbach