Professor Henning E. Jørgensen (1938-2010) – University of Copenhagen

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02 December 2010

Professor Henning E. Jørgensen (1938-2010)

Professor Henning E. Jørgensen's contributions to astronomy were many -- as scientist, professor, leader of the University of Copenhagen's Observatory and as Dean of the Faculty of Science.  He was also active internationally and was a writer of popular astronomy books, including 'Astrophysics', 'The Milky Way' and 'Astronomy Exercises'.

Henning's career started out in stellar astrophysics where he developed stellar models and worked on eclipsing binary stars. He then turned towards cosmology and extragalactic astronomy and he was a leading figure in the first search for distant supernovae, an approach that was later used to discover dark energy. He devoted a large part of his research to studies of clusters of galaxies and the cosmic microwave background. He retired from the University in 2005.

Henning was in large part responsible for laying the groundwork at the University of Copenhagen for significant research groups, like DARK, to pursue cosmological research at an international level. And, as one former colleague put it, Henning typified the gentleman astronomer. His contributions to the field were many, and he will be missed as a colleague and friend.