Born in Iowa and trained as an astrophysicist, Owen Gingerich's research has ranged from the theoretical computation of stellar spectra to an annotated census of the first two printed editions of Copernicus's "De Revolutionibus." Currently, he is a Senior Astronomer Emeritus at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and Professor Emeritus of Astronomy and History of Science at Harvard University. Dr. Gingerich is a leading authority on both Johannes Kepler and Nicholas Copernicus. His books include "The Great Copernicus Chase and Other Adventures in Astronomical History" (1992). "The Eye of Heaven: Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler" (1993), "The Book Nobody Read" (2004), and "God's Universe" (2006). No fan of the Intelligent Design movement, in "God's Universe" Gingerich argues that an individual can be both a creative scientist and a believer in divine design, and that the very motivation for scientific research can derive from a desire to trace God's handiwork. In 1985, in Toronto, Dr. Gingerich gave the first annual Helen Sawyer Hogg Public Lecture.

Surname: 
Gingerich
Title/Given Name: 
Dr. Owen J.
Nation(s): 
USA
Start: 
1992