Lipsius Building Leiden University, Room 011

Cleveringaplaats 1, Leiden


Boerhaave, Studium Generale

2 May - The Bosscha stargazer: astronomy in the Dutch East Indies

The oldest observatory in Indonesia can be found in Lembang (West Java), on the slopes of the Tangkuban Perahu volcano. During the first meeting of the Dutch East Indies Astronomical Society in the 1920s it was decided that an observatory needed to be built in the Dutch East Indies. The facility that resulted remains a centre for astronomical research to this very day. In this lecture, Johan van Kullenburg, guest staff member at Museum Boerhaave, tells the unique story of how this observatory came into being.


Speaker:     Johan van Kuilenburg, Leiden-trained astronomer. After a career in industry, he is again involved in both Leiden’s historic university observatory and Museum Boerhaave.
Time:         19.30 – 21.00 hours