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Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers
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Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers

Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers (October 11, 1758 - March 2, 1840) was a German astronomer, physician and physicist. Olbers' paradox is named after him.

Asteroids discovered: 2
2 Pallas March 28 1802
4 Vesta March 29 1807

In 1802, Olbers discovered (and named) the asteroid Pallas.

In 1807 he discovered the asteroid Vesta, which he allowed Gauss to name.

On March 6 1815, Olbers also discovered a periodic comet named after him (formally designated 13P/Olbers).

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