Möller Didrik Magnus Axel

(16.02.1830 - 25.10.1896)

Swedish astronomer.

Born in Västra Alstad, Malmöhus.

From 1851 he worked as an assistant at the astronomical observatory in Lund, received a master's degree in 1853, in 1855 - assistant professor of practical astronomy at Lund University, from 1861 - extraordinary professor, during 1863-1895 - professor of astronomy at Lund University, and in 1874-1875 and 1891-1895 - his rector. Möller was a member of the Royal Physiographic Society in Lund, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Scientific Society in Uppsala.

For his scientific work, he was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society of Great Britain.

The most important work of Möller was the complex calculation of the perturbations of the orbit of Comet Fi, using the methods used by Johann Encke to calculate the motion of Comet Encke. His other important work is devoted to the movement of the asteroid Pandora and includes the calculation of the absolute perturbations of this celestial body, according to the Hansen method. This was the first job in Sweden, done using the Hansen method. Möller’s publications on these works can be found in the publications of the Academy of Sciences, in particular in Astronomische Nachrichten. In 1867–1882, he also observed planets and comets at the Lund Observatory. He organized the construction of a new observatory building, which was completed in 1867.

The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences established a medal in his honor in 1906.

Died in Lund, Sweden

The fjord the interior of the Cross Fjord in the northwest of the island of West Svalbard. The coordinates are 79° 14.0'N    11° 58.0'E.


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