Rudolf Kippenhahn

Intro German astrophysicist
Is Physicist Astronomer Scientist Astrophysicist Author Professor Educator
From Germany
Type Academia Literature Science
Gender male
Birth 24 May 1926, Pernink, Czech Republic
Star sign Gemini

Rudolf Kippenhahn (born 24 May 1926, in Pernink, Czechoslovakia) is a German astrophysicist and science author.


Rudolf Kippenhahn originally studied mathematics and physics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg before changing to Astronomy. From 1975 to 1991, Kippenhahn was director of the Max Planck Institute For Astrophysics in Garching, Munich, Germany. Since 1991, Kippenhahn has been an active published author in Göttingen, trying to popularise astronomical science research, in the same vein as Stephen Hawking's writing, for which he won the Bruno H. Bürgel prize. His books cover such diverse topics as astronomy, cryptology and atomic physics. In the year 2005, Kippenhahn was honoured by the Royal Astronomical Society with the Eddington medal for his scientific research into the computation of the structure of star and of stellar evolution.

Selected publications

Kippenhahn, R.; Weigert, A.; Weiss, A. (2012). Stellar Structure and Evolution. Springer, Berlin.…..K. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-30304-3. ISBN 978-3-642-30255-8. Kippenhahn, R.; Moellenhoff, C. (1975). Elementary Plasma Physics. Bibliographic Institute, Mannheim.…..K.


1992 Bruno H. Bürgel Prize. 2005 Eddington Medal 2007 Karl Schwarzschild Medal

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