Breath of research interests of academician A.B. Severny

  • V.V. Prokof’eva-Mikhailovskaya Crimean Astrophysical Observatory of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kiev, Nauchnyi, Ukraine


A.B. Severny was a person of remarkable breadth in his research interests. Besides solar and stellar magnetic fields, he was interested in solar activity and its influence on Earth, helioseismology, radio astronomy, etc. He discovered the 160-minute oscillations of the Sun. He took active part in space exploration of the Sun and stars organized in CrAO. He was the first to reveal that there is dust atmosphere on the Moon. Thanks to him asteroid discoveries have been started in the Crimean Astrophysical Observatory. Over 35 years he was a chief editor of the journal “Izvestiya Krymskoi Astrofizicheskoi Observatorii”. He was awarded the State Prize of the USSR twice (in 1952 and 1984). He got the title of Hero of Socialist Labour in 1973 and was awarded seven orders and many medals. In 1957–1968 he was president of the IAU Commission on solar activity, in 1964–1970 – vice-president of the International Astronomical Union. He was a member of many international societies. He has written and published over 270 research papers. The minor planet 1737 was named in his honour “Severny”.


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Prokof’eva-Mikhailovskaya V., 2013. Izvestiya Krymskoi Astrofizicheskoi Observatorii, vol. 109, no. 3, pp. 7-16. Available at: (Accessed: 30November2020)
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