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[ohl-berz; German awl-bers]
  1. Hein·rich Wil·helm Mat·thä·us [hahyn-rikh vil-helm mah-te-oo s] /ˈhaɪn rɪx ˈvɪl hɛlm mɑˈtɛ ʊs/, 1758–1840, German astronomer and physician.
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  • Nevertheless the hypothesis of Olbers has not held its ground.

    A Popular History of Astronomy During the Nineteenth Century

    Agnes M. (Agnes Mary) Clerke

  • Vesta was discovered by Dr. Olbers, on the 29th of March, 1807.

  • The elements of the former are by Olbers; those of the latter by Mechain.

    Comets and Meteors

    Daniel Kirkwood

  • Olbers at once surmised that these two planets were fragments of a larger one, and kept an eager look out for other fragments.

  • In 1807 the persevering search of Olbers resulted in the discovery of another, with a very oblique orbit, which Gauss named Vesta.