Maarten Schmidt

Maarten Schmidt ( born December 28, 1929 in Groningen) is a loop in the USA Dutch astronomer.

Schmidt studied at Leiden University under Jan Hendrik Oort. In 1959 he went for his doctorate in the United States to work at the California Institute of Technology. Schmidt has made ​​through his 1963 discovery that quasars are at high redshift objects in the distant universe, has become known. Later, he led one of the first major sky surveys for quasars, the Palomar Bright Quasar Survey. As early as 1959 he had suggested a correlation between gas density in a galaxy and star formation rate in the form of a power law. This Schmidt- Kennicutt law is still used frequently in studies of galaxy evolution.


The asteroid ( 10430 ) Schmidt Mart was named after him.