Paul ten Bruggencate1

M, #4381, * 24 Feb 1901, + 14 Jan 1961
FatherWillem ten Bruggencate1 * 12 Mar 1868, + 6 Mar 1915
MotherElisabeth Zech1 * 4 Nov 1863, + 13 Jan 1918
Paul ten Bruggencate (1901-1961). Astronoom. Origineel in het bezit van Mevr. E. E. Back-ten Bruggencate
     Paul ten Bruggencate was born on 24 Feb 1901 in Arosa.1 He married Dr. Phil. Margaretha Sachs on 31 Mar 1933 in Hamburg.1 He died on 14 Jan 1961 in Göttingen.1
     There are at least 6 obituaries in scientific journals, all in German. For more information, see also Wikipedia at

Other information:

Paul ten Bruggencate earned a PhD in physics.1
Paul ten Bruggencate was bt 1929 - 1960 astronomer with the observatory of the Universiteit in Göttingen1He started his career at the Bosscha Sterrenwacht in Lembang, Java, and spend some time in the USA, both with the Mt Wilson Observatory in California as with the Harvard College Observatory in Cambridge, MA. Eventually he became principal observator Astrophysikalische Observatorium (Einstein-Turm) in Potsdam, Brandenburg.1,3 Paul travelled on 2 Jan 1929 on the 'SS 'Wilhelmina'' to San Francisco, California, came several times to the US:
He arrived on 2 Jan 1929 in San Francisco, from Honolulu, on the SS 'Wilhelmina'. His last permanent residence was Lembang, Java. His contact in Holland was Gerrit ten Bruggencate. He was staying for 6 months in the Hotel Whitcomb in San Francisco. His final destination was Gottingen, Germany.4 The next year he came from Hamburg, Germany, on the SS 'Cleveland', ariving on 24 Mar 1930 in New York City. His last permanent residence was Greifswald, Germany. His contact was his brother Herman ten Bruggencate in Ludenscheid, Germany. His final destination was Cambridge, MA. His US contact is the Harvard Observatory.5
     There is correspondence in The Huntington Library of the Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington Collection, San Marino, California6.

Name variants: Dr. Phil. Paul Willem ten Bruggencate (full name).1


  1. [S134] Drs. R.J.H. Haaksma, 2003.
  2. [S191] Obituary Notes of Astronomers. <
  3. [S827] Oakland Trib., "Stargazer of Volcano here," 3 Jan 1929, pg 1.
  4. [S316] Manifest California, 1893-1957. Wilhelmina, arr. 2 Jan 1929; M1410, manifest#27561, line 1. Online at
  5. [S316] Manifest New York, 1820-1957. Cleveland, arr. 24 Mar 1930; T715_4699 Pg 185, line 13. Online at
  6. [S191] Observatories of the Carnegie Institution of Washington Collection. Inventory of the Alfred Harrison Joy Papers, 1910-1972, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.