Jan Woltjer (Astronomer)
- Category : 1891-births
- Type : MGE
- Profile : 4/6 - Opportunistic / Role Model
- Definition : Split - Small (6)
- Incarnation Cross : RAX The Four Ways 2
Woltjer was the youngest son of the classical scholar Jan Woltjer. On 13 December 1916 he married Hillegonda de Vries in Groningen. He worked and taught at Leiden University, where Gerard P. Kuiper was one of his students. He was the father of the astronomer Lodewijk Woltjer (26 April 1930), who was the director general of the European Southern Observatory from 1975 to 1987.
The crater Woltjer on the Moon and the asteroid 1795 Woltjer are both named after him.