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William Stephen Finsen was born on 28 July, 1905 in Johannesburg, Transvaal Colony. Discover William Stephen Finsen's Biography, Age, Height, Physical Stats, Dating/Affairs, Family and career updates. Learn How rich is He in this year and how He spends money? Also learn how He earned most of networth at the age of 74 years old?

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Age 74 years old
Zodiac Sign Leo
Born 28 July 1905
Birthday 28 July
Birthplace Johannesburg, Transvaal Colony
Date of death (1979-05-16) Johannesburg, South Africa
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Nationality South Africa

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Both Finsen and van den Bos were vocally opposed to South African government's plan to close and amalgamate the Republic Observatory with the Cape Observatory (Cape Town) and the Radcliffe Observatory (Pretoria) into the South African Astronomical Observatory at Sutherland, Northern Cape in 1974, as they feared it would lead to termination of the well-established programmes of observation of binary stars and asteroids. Their fears would later be proven correct as those programmes were terminated.


Finsen invented an eyepiece interferometer which allowed measurement of very close double stars. His original device was used for many years at the astronomy department of the University of South Africa. Finsen examined more than 8 000 stars, discovered 73 double stars and took 54 000 photographs of Mars. They were considered the best photographs of Mars prior to the first space probe pictures in 1965. Finsen continued his observations of double stars after his official retirement from the observatory.


Φ 332 (Finsen 332) is a tiny and difficult double-double star at 18:45 / +5°30', named Tweedledee and Tweedledum by Finsen, who was, by the time of his 1953 discovery, struck by the nearly identical position angles and separations of it.


William Stephen Finsen FRAS (28 July 1905 – 16 May 1979) was a South African astronomer. He discovered a number of double stars and took many photographs of Mars. He developed the Finsen eyepiece interferometer to measure very close double stars. He was the final director of Union Observatory in South Africa from 1957 to 1965 (it was renamed Republic Observatory in 1961).

Finsen was born in 1905 in Johannesburg, Transvaal Colony to Danish parents John Valgard Finsen & Marie Finsen (née Jensen). He was the cousin of the Nobel prize winner Niels Ryberg Finsen. He obtained a DSc in Astronomy from the University of Cape Town and spent almost 50 years working at the Union Observatory in Johannesburg. He succeeded Willem Hendrik van den Bos as director of the observatory from 1957 to 1965, during which time it changed name to the Republic Observatory (1961).