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A Guide to the Gérard Henri de Vaucouleurs Papers
Gérard Henri de Vaucouleurs was born in Paris in 1918, and earned degrees in physics, mathematics, and astronomy at the University of Paris and his Doctor of Science degree from the Australian National University. He married Antoinette Pietra and the couple lived in England and Australia before moving to the United States and eventually settling at the University of Texas.
Among de Vaucouleurs’ notable contributions was the groundbreaking discovery that through gravitational influences galaxies are arrayed into superclusters, including the local supercluster that contains the Milky Way. He is widely recognized as opening the entirely new realm of studying galaxies beyond the Milky Way.
The de Vaucouleurs Papers consist largely of Dr. de Vaucouleurs’ journal articles and reprints, as well as photographs and spectrographic photo plates.
Most of this collection is stored off-site. Contact repository in advance for retrieval.
Gérard Henri de Vaucouleurs Papers, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.