Alumni: Nelson D. Limber, 1953
Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1953

May 1928 - 16 April, 1977


Nelson D. Limber received both AB and MSc degrees in physics from Ohio State University in 1950, and a Ph.D. in astronomy from the University of Chicago in 1953.

Limber held a postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton in 1953 and had been appointed to the faculties of the University of Rochester (1956) and the University of Chicago (1958) before returning to Virginia to join the department of astronomy at the University of Virginia in 1968.

Throughout his career, Limber concentrated on problems of stellar function and dynamics, taking particular interest in analyzing stars with extended gaseous envelopes.

D. Nelson Limber Memorial Observatory was founded in the summer of 1979 in the Texas Hill Country near San Antonio as a private observatory and residence.