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WOLF; Maximilian F.J.C.; 1863-1932; GER/USA

He built an observatory in Heidelberg and specialized in wide field photography. He proved statistically (by star counting) the existence of dust clouds in the Milky Way and while doing so he discovered more than 2000 nebulae. He eventually showed that spiral arms have similar spectral absorption as stars, so different thant gazeous nebulae. However the most important work of Wolf was the search for asteroids: he found some 100+ with a 16-inch photographic refractor.