Norton, William Augustus [chapter]

Gary L. Cameron
2014 Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers  
Flourished Probably fifth century BCE Naburianu was a Babylonian astronomer whose name is mentioned by ▶ Pliny in his first-century text, The Natural History. In 1923, he was identified with an astronomer by the name of Nabû-?man-nu by the cuneiform scholar Paul Schnabel. The name occurs in the colophon of a lunar ephemeris of System A from Babylon for the year 263 of the Seleucid era, or 48/47 BCE. Schnabel reconstructed the name to Nabû-ri-man-nu and concluded that he was responsible for
more » ... vering the System A method of computation of the Moon's position, dating him to around 427 BCE. Schnabel's claim has been effectively challenged by ▶ Otto Neugebauer, who points out that the inclusion of Nabû-ri-man-nu's name on the ephemeris is hardly an evidence that he invented the system of computation on which it is based.
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