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

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