Gerard Kuiper

Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Gerard Kuiper - United States astronomer (born in the Netherlands) who studied the solar system and suggested in 1951 that there is a belt of comet-like debris at the edge of the solar system (1905-1973)
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
This biography recounts the life and career of Dutch American astronomer Gerard Kuiper (1905-1973), who created a new discipline called planetary science.
The planetary scientist said that the literature review showed that the real division between planets and other celestial bodies, such as asteroids, occurred in the early 1950s when Gerard Kuiper published a paper that made the distinction based on how they were formed.
Perhaps the IAU's officials will find a suitable crater near the one named for Whitaker's longtime collaborator Gerard Kuiper. They should also consider naming a crater after David William Glyn Arthur, a colleague of Whitaker, whose contributions to seleno-graphy are likewise fundamental.
UPDATE: The 1992 discovery of an icy object beyond Neptune confirmed the existence of the Kuiper Belt, named for Gerard Kuiper, who predicted its existence in 1951.
In the 1960s and early 1970s Gerard Kuiper and his colleagues completed the era of telescopic lunar mapping by publishing four comprehensive photographic atlases.
Named for astronomer Gerard Kuiper, who in 1951 predicted the existence of this 3-billion-kilometer-wide swath of icy chunks, the Kuiper belt didn't begin to reveal itself to observers until 1992.