Uco van Wijk

Summary

Uco van Wijk (20 May 1924, Jogjakarta, Dutch East Indies – 10 August 1966) was a Dutch astronomer and educator who founded the astronomy program at the University of Maryland[1] and was instrumental in bringing Gart Westerhout from the Netherlands to become Department Head.

HonorsEdit

  • The crater Van Wijk on the Moon is named after him.
  • The astronomy library at the University of Maryland is named after him.
  • The Sundial [1] located in the center of McKeldin Mall on the campus was originally a gift from the Class of 1965, the Department of Physics and Astronomy, and friends of Professor Uco Van Wijk. It was renovated with donations from the Class of 1990.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Obituary: Uco Van Wijk". Physics Today. 19 (10): 121. October 1966. doi:10.1063/1.3047755. Archived from the original on 2013-09-27.
  • Obituary by Bart Bok in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society.