Olbers, Heinrich Wilhelm Matthäus (1758–1840)
Olbers was a supporter of pluralism and of the increasingly contentious idea that the Moon was inhabited by intelligent beings (see Moon, life on). In the same paper in which he presented his famous paradox, he wrote that it is "most highly probable" that "all of infinite space is filled with suns and their retinues of planets and comets."
Olbers was born at Arbergen, a village of Bremen, studied medicine at Göttingen from 1777 to 1780, at subsequently practiced at Bremen. In 1811 he was a successful competitor for the prize proposed by Napoleon for the best "Memoir on the Croup."
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