The New International Encyclopædia/Harding, Karl Ludwig

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HARDING, Karl Ludwig (1765-1834). A German astronomer, born at Lauenburg. He was educated at Göttingen, where he studied theology, and became a tutor in the family of Schröter in Lilienthal. Schröter was an enthusiastic astronomer, and Harding was soon appointed observer and inspector in his observatory. Here he discovered the third planetoid, June (1804). In 1805 he went to Göttingen as professor of astronomy, and eight years afterwards discovered, independently of Pons, the second comet of 1813. His published works include: Atlas Novus Cœlestis (1808-23; reëdited by Jahn, 1856), for long the most complete astronomical chart; Kleine astronomische Ephemeriden (edited with Wiessen, 1830-35); and the fifteenth in the series of Sternkarten of the Berlin Academy's publications (1830).