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 the Supervisor of the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University.

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Life

1918, July 7th: He was born in Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Tennessee, USA.[2]

1991, June 2nd: He died in Maryland, USA and was buried in Reeves Cemetery in McComb, Pike County, Mississippi, USA.[2]

Works

1959: Periodic Orbits of a Planetoid Passing Close to Two Gravitating Masses. This book was printed in English and had 3 editions.[1]

1968-1994: Ancient Astronomical Observations and the Accelerations of the Earth and Moon. This book was printed in English and had 14 editions.[1]

1972-1994: Medieval Chronicles and the Rotation of the Earth. This book was printed in English and had 18 editions.[1]

1976-1977: Ancient Planetary Observations and the Validity of Ephemeris Time. This book was printed in English and had 12 editions.[1]

1977-1985: The Crime of Claudius Ptolemy. This book was printed in English and Russian and had 23 editions.[1]

1979: The Moon’s Acceleration and Its Physical Origins. This book was printed in English and had 5 editions.[1]

1982: The Origins of Ptolemy’s Astronomical Parameters. This book was printed in English and had 3 editions.[1]

1985: The Origins of Ptolemy’s Astronomical Tables. This book was printed in English and had 4 editions.[1]

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References:

[1] – WorldCat Identities. “Newton, Robert R.” http://worldcat.org/identities/lccn-n79007384/. Accessed 30 Jan. 2021.

[2] – https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/125537335/robert-russell-newton. Accessed 30 Jan. 2021.

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