Biography of Robert Russell Newton

Robert Russell Newton (1918-1991) was an American physicist, astronomer, and historian of science. He is most commonly remembered for his works on Ptolemy being a fraud, and less commonly remembered for his works on the change of the rotation rate of the earth, and historical observations of eclipses. He was also the Supervisor of the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University.

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1918 – He is born.

1947 – He and three other authors publish Mathematical theory of rocket flight.

1959 – He publishes “Periodic orbits of a planetoid passing close to two gravitating masses”. Smithsonian Contributions to Astrophysics3 (7): 69–78.

1970 – He publishes Ancient astronomical observations and the accelerations of the earth and moon. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

1972 – He publishes Medieval chronicles and the rotation of the earth. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

1974 – He publishes Two Uses of Ancient Astronomy.

1976 – He publishes Ancient planetary observations and the validity of ephemeris time. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

1977 – He publishes The crime of Claudius Ptolemy. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

1979 – He publishes The moon’s acceleration and its physical origins … Vol 1: as deduced from solar eclipses. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

1984 – He publishes The moon’s acceleration and its physical origins … Vol 2: as deduced from general lunar observations. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press.

1991 – He dies.

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References:

[1] – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Russell_Newton

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