n MNASSA : Monthly Notes of the Astronomical Society of South Africa - Michiel John Bester (1917 - 2005) : obituary

Volume 64, Issue 7_8
  • ISSN : 0024-8266



Extracted from text ... mnassa vol 64 nos 7 & 8 118 Michiel John Bester ( 1917 - 2005 ) Michiel (Mike) Bester, together with William Reid (1861 - 1928), jointly holds the distinction as South Africa's foremost comet discoverer. Between 1946 and 1959 he discovered six comets which bear his name, two of which were co-discovered with other individuals. Mike was born in Colesberg, South Africa on 16 May 1917. He matriculated from high school in Philipolis in the present-day Free State. His father worked in the mines in Brakpan, and after his death from phthisis in 1925 at the young age ..

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