Cornelis Johannes van Houten
He married the astronomer Ingrid Groeneveld (who took the name Ingrid van Houten-Groeneveld ). Their son Karel emerged from the marriage.
Van Houten, his wife and the astronomer Tom Gehrels formed a very successful scientific trio that discovered a total of 4,329 asteroids as part of the Palomar-Leiden Survey . Gehrels made extensive images of the sky with the 48 " - Schmidt camera of the Mount Palomar Observatory in the United States. The photographic plates were shipped to the Netherlands and analyzed at the University of Leiden for the determination of asteroids. The statistical distribution of their orbits revealed that asteroids orbit the sun in groups.
Until his death, he published articles on asteroids and eclipsing binary stars. The asteroid (1673) van Houten was named after him.
- Publications by CJ (van) Houten in the Astrophysics Data System
- In memoriam dr. CJ van Houten (obituary, Dutch)
- Minor Planet Center cfa.harvard.edu
|SURNAME||Houten, Cornelis Johannes van|
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Houten, Kees van|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||Dutch astronomer|
|DATE OF BIRTH||February 18, 1920|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||The hague|
|DATE OF DEATH||August 24, 2002|