Awards & Winners

Hendrik C. van de Hulst

Date of Birth 19-November-1918
Place of Birth Utrecht
(Netherlands, Utrecht, Kingdom of the Netherlands)
Nationality Netherlands
Also know as Hendrik van de Hulst
Profession Astronomer
Hendrik Christoffel "Henk" van de Hulst ForMemRS was a Dutch astronomer and mathematician. In 1944, while a student in Utrecht, he predicted the existence of the 21 cm hyperfine line of neutral interstellar hydrogen. After this line was discovered, he participated, with Jan Oort and Alex Muller, in the effort to use radio astronomy to map out the neutral hydrogen in our galaxy, which first revealed its spiral structure. He spent most of his career at the University of Leiden, retiring in 1984. He published widely in astronomy, and dealt with the solar corona, and interstellar clouds. After 1960 he was a leader in international space research projects.

Awards by Hendrik C. van de Hulst

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Rumford Medal
(In recognition of his distinguished work on the scattering processes in the interplanetary medium and his prediction of the 21 cm spectral line from interstellar neutral hydrogen.)


Henry Draper Medal
(For his pioneer work on the 21 cm radiation of neutral hydrogen.)