George Howard Herbig (born January 2, 1920) is an astronomer at the University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy.
He received his Ph.D in 1948 at the University of California, Berkeley; his dissertation is entitled A Study of Variable Stars in Nebulosity. His specialty is stars at an early stage of evolution (a class of intermediate mass pre-main sequence stars are named Herbig Ae/Be stars after him) and the interstellar medium. He is perhaps best known for his discovery, with Guillermo Haro, of the Herbig-Haro objects; bright patches of nebulosity excited by bipolar outflow from a star being born. Herbig has also made prominent contributions to the field of diffuse interstellar band (DIB) research, especially through a series of nine articles published between 1963 and 1995 entitled "The diffuse interstellar bands."
* Helen B. Warner Prize for Astronomy of the American Astronomical Society (1955)
* Foreign Scientific Member, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie, Heidelberg
* Henry Norris Russell Lectureship of the AAS (1975)
* Médaille, Université de Liège (1969)
* Bruce Medal of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (1980)
* Petrie Prize and Lectureship of the Canadian Astronomical Society (1995)
Named after him
* Asteroid 11754 Herbig
* Herbig Ae/Be stars
* Herbig-Haro objects
* Bruce Medal page
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