Zdenek Kopal: Astronomer and Teacher

Budding E.

Conference on Living Together: Planets, Host Stars and Binaries, Litomysl, Czech Republic, 8 - 12 September 2014, vol.496, pp.3-18 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 496
  • City: Litomysl
  • Country: Czech Republic
  • Page Numbers: pp.3-18
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: No


Though the title points to a wider program than can be accommodated in one individual paper, the meeting was called with such considerations as a background. This paper then raises primarily questions that people might ask in connection with Zdenek Kopal and his work, rather than giving comprehensive answers. A few general thinking points are presented first, followed by a selection of particular illustrations arranged by the several decades over which Kopal was active in astronomical science. A concluding section returns to some general and personal reflections.