Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

2014 Edition
| Editors: Thomas Hockey, Virginia Trimble, Thomas R. Williams, Katherine Bracher, Richard A. Jarrell, Jordan D. MarchéII, JoAnn Palmeri, Daniel W. E. Green

Shibukawa, Kagesuke

Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-9917-7_9127

BornJapan, 1787

DiedJapan, 1856

From a family of astronomers to the shogun, Kagesuke Shibukawa was a bridge between traditional Japanese and western astronomy. He translated works of  Joseph-Jérôme Lalande as Shinko Rekisho in 1836. Less than 10 years later his version of the calendar, based on post-Keplerian astronomy, was in official use.

Selected Reference

  1. Hirose, H. (1964). The European Influence on Japanese Astronomy. Monumenta Nipponica 19(3/4): 295.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth ScienceUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA