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Jaan Einasto : biography

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Jaan Einasto (born 23 February 1929 in Tartu) is an eminent Estonian astrophysicist and one of the discoverers of the large-scale structure of the Universe.

Born in Tartu, he attended the University of Tartu, where he received the Ph.D. equivalent in 1955 and a senior research doctorate in 1972. From 1952, he has worked as a scientist at the Tartu Observatory (1977–1998) Head of the Department of Cosmology; in 1992-1995, he was Professor of Cosmology at the University of Tartu. For a long time, he was Head of the Division of Astronomy and Physics of the Estonian Academy of Sciences in Tallinn. Einasto is a member of the Academia Europaea, the European Astronomical Society and the Royal Astronomical Society; he has received three Estonian National Science Awards.

  • 1947 Tartu Secondary School No. 1
  • 1952 University of Tartu
  • 1955 Cand.Sc. in physics and mathematics
  • 1972 D.Sc. in physics and mathematics
  • 1992 Professor
  • 1991 Member of Academia Europaea
  • 1994 Member of the Royal British Society of Astronomy

The asteroid 11577 Einasto discovered in 1994 is named in his honour.

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