Kononovych, Oleksander

Kononovych, Oleksander [Кононович, Олександер; Kononovyč], b 31 January 1850 in Tahanrih, d 5 May 1910 in Odesa. Astronomer. A graduate of New Russia University (1871), from 1886 he was a professor at that university. From 1881 he also headed the Odesa Astronomical Observatory, which, under his leadership, became an important scientific research facility. A pioneer of astronomy in the Russian Empire, Kononovych contributed mainly in the areas of solar-system studies and studies of binary star systems.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 2 (1988).]

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