Abbe, Ernst Carl (1840 - 1905)
Ernst Carl Abbe was born in Eisenach, Germany, on the 23. January 1840 as the son of Georg Adam Abbe (1813-74), a book printer and factory worker in that town. His mother was Elisabeth Christina (1809-57), daughter of the weaver Joh. Georg Barchfeld (1773-1812) and his wife Sophie Wilhelmine, née Noll (1783-1856).

In 1871 E. C. Abbe married Elisabeth Snell (1844-1914) in Jena. They had two daughters. Abbe died on the 14 January 1905 in Jena. Minor Planet (5224) Abbe is named in his honor as well as a crater on the far side of the Moon.

Dictionary of Minor Planets , 2. Edition, by Lutz D. Schmadel, Springer-Verlag, Berlin.
Neue Deutsche Biographie, Vol. 1, p. 2-4
Dictionary of Scientific Biography, Vol. 1 (1970), p. 6-9
Pogg. V, p. 1; also Pogg. III and IV
The Cambridge Atlas of Astronomy

Not available or not referenced:
AN 166 (1904)

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