Hendrik van Gent

Hendrik van Gent was a Dutch astronomer. He moved to South Africa in 1928 in order to observe the southern sky at the Leiden Southern Station and the Union Observatory in Johannesburg. He obtained his PhD from Leiden University in 1931. He studied variable stars, and also discovered a number of asteroids and comets. The crater Van Gent on the far side of the Moon, and the asteroid 1666 van Gent are named after him. He died of a heart attack while on leave in the Netherlands. ... more on Wikipedia

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