New Insights From Recent Studies in Historical Astronomy: Following in the Footsteps of F. Richard Stephenson

A Meeting to Honor F. Richard Stephenson on His 70th Birthday

  • Wayne Orchiston
  • David A. Green
  • Richard Strom
Conference proceedings

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP, volume 43)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxx
  2. Applied Historical Astronomy

  3. Islamic and Oriental Astronomy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 101-101
    2. Jefferson Sauter, Irakli Simonia, F. Richard Stephenson, Wayne Orchiston
      Pages 103-117
    3. Ihsan Hafez, F. Richard Stephenson, Wayne Orchiston
      Pages 169-177
  4. Amateur Astronomy

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 203-203
    2. Mike Frost
      Pages 223-233
    3. Vitor Bonifácio, Isabel Malaquias
      Pages 235-258

About these proceedings


This book contains papers from a conference held to celebrate the 70th birthday of one of the world’s foremost astronomical historians, Professor F. Richard Stephenson, the latest recipient of the American Astronomical Society’s highest award for research in astronomical history, the LeRoy Doggett Prize. Reflecting Professor Stephenson’s extensive research portfolio, this book brings together under one cover papers on four different areas of scholarship: applied historical astronomy (which Stephenson founded); Islamic astronomy; Oriental astronomy; and amateur astronomy.  These papers are penned by astronomers from Canada, China, England, France, Georgia, Iran, Japan, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Portugal, Thailand and the USA. Its diverse coverage represents a wide cross-section of the history of astronomy community.  Under discussion are ways in which recent research using historical data has provided new insights into auroral and solar activity, supernovae and changes in the rotation rate of the Earth. It also presents readers with results of recent research on leading historical figures in Islamic and Oriental astronomy, and aspects of eighteenth and nineteenth century Australian, British, German and Portuguese amateur astronomy, including the fascinating ‘amateur-turned-professional syndrome’.


Al-Sufi Amateur Astronomy Amateur Turned Professional Astronomers Applied Historical Astronomy Arabic Astronomy Astronomical History Global Astronomy History of Astronomy Islamic Astronomy Oriental Astronomy

Editors and affiliations

  • Wayne Orchiston
    • 1
  • David A. Green
    • 2
  • Richard Strom
    • 3
  1. 1.National Astronomical Research Institute of ThailandThailand
  2. 2.Cavendish LaboratoryUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.Netherlands Institute for Radio AstronomyDwingelooThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-07613-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-07614-0
  • Series Print ISSN 1570-6591
  • Series Online ISSN 1570-6605
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