Kästner, Abraham Gotthelf

BORN 27 Sep 1719, Leipzig, Sachsen - DIED 20 Jun 1800, Göttingen, Niedersachsen
GRAVE LOCATION Göttingen, Niedersachsen: Bartholomäus-Friedhof, Weender Landstraße

Abraham Gotthelf Kästner was the son of a law professor. He studied law, philosophy and mathematics in Leipzig. In 1739 he was appointed at the University of Leipzig and in 1746 he became associate professor at that university. In 1756 a full professorship in Göttingen followed.

In 1757 he married Anna Rosina Baumann after an engagement of 12 years. She died in 1758 and later he married the widow of a French officer.

He succeeded Tobias Mayer as the director of the observatory in Göttingen. Kästner was also known for his humorous poems that were first published without his consent in 1781. In 1789 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society. He died in 1800 in Göttingen.


The grave of Abraham Gotthelf Kästner at the Bartholomäus-Friedhof, Göttingen.
Picture by Androom (27 Aug 2017)


Abraham Gotthelf Kästner – Wikipedia

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Published: 10 May 2018
Last update: 10 May 2018