Swings, Pol

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Swings, Pol Gender: M
Polidore Ferdinand Félix Swings
born on 24 September 1906 at 05:00 (= 05:00 AM )
Place Charleroi, Belgium, 50n25, 4e26
Timezone GMT h0e (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Gauquelin
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 00°14' s_mo.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 16°24 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 23°58'

Pol Swings
photo: Jean-Pierre Swings, license gfdl


Belgian astrophysicist who was known for his studies of the composition and structure of stars and comets. He used spectroscopy to identify the elements in astronomical bodies, and, in particular, comets. Swings studied at the University of Liège, where he was professor of spectroscopy and astrophysics from 1932 to 1975. He was also a visiting professor at the University of Chicago in the United States (1939–1943, 1946–1952).

From his study of cometary atmospheres, he is credited with the discovery of the Swings bands and the Swings effect. Swings bands are emission lines resulting from the presence of certain atoms of carbon; the Swings effect was discovered with the aid of a slit spectrograph and is attributed to fluorescence resulting partly from solar radiation.

Moreover, Swings studied spectroscopy of interstellar space and investigated the rotation of stars, as well as nebulae, novae, and variable stars. Pol Swings was awarded the Francqui Prize for Exact Sciences in 1948.

In 1981, Swings became a founding member of the World Cultural Council. He died on 28 October 1983, aged 77, in Esneux, Belgium. 1637 Swings, an asteroid of the Main belt is named after him.

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  • Work : Prize 1948 (Francqui Prize for Exact Sciences)

Source Notes

Archives Gauquelin: Scientists & Medical Doctors (Hommes De Science) A, vol. 2, #3548 [1]. Birth place of Ransart is a section of the Belgian town of Charleroi.


  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Professor)
  • Vocation : Science : Astronomy (Astrophysicist)
  • Vocation : Science : Physics (Astrophysicist)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Francqui Prize for Exact Sciences)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator ("Swings effect")
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator ("Swings bands")