# Jean Meeus

**Jean Meeus** (born December 12, 1928 ) is a Belgian mathematician , astronomer and author . His specialties are celestial mechanics and mathematical astronomy .

## Life

Jean Meeus was born in 1928. He studied mathematics at the Catholic University of Leuven , where he received the degree of licentiate in mathematics in 1953 . Until his retirement in 1993 he worked as a meteorologist at Brussels Airport .

Jean Meeus, who is a member of several astronomical societies, has published numerous publications on celestial mechanics and mathematical astronomy, some of which have also appeared in German. He published in numerous astronomical journals such as Icarus, Sky and Telescope, Journal of the British Astronomical Association, Astronomy and Astrophysics and L'Astronomie and *edited* the Flemish magazine for astronomy *Heelal* . He published his first astronomical tables in 1961, at that time still calculated by hand with logarithm tables.

In 1981, in recognition of his contributions to astronomy, the International Astronomical Union named the asteroid *2213 Meeus,* discovered by Eugène Delporte on September 24, 1935, after Jean Meeus.

In 1986, Jean Meeus received the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's *Amateur Achievement Award* . He is an honorary member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada .

He dealt with entertainment mathematics (like polyominos ) and number theory (in 1980 he found Cunningham chains of length 8 with Claude Lalout ).

## Works

### Algorithms

- J. Meeus:
*Astronomical Formulas for Calculators*. 4th edition. Willmann-Bell, Richmond 1988, ISBN 0-943396-22-0 (first 1979) - J. Meeus:
*Astronomical Algorithms*. 2nd edition, corr. Reprint 2005. Willmann-Bell, Richmond 1998, ISBN 978-0-943396-61-3 .

### The *Morsels*

- J. Meeus:
*Mathematical Astronomy Morsels*. Willmann-Bell, Richmond 1997, ISBN 0-943396-51-4 . - J. Meeus:
*More Mathematical Astronomy Morsels*. Willmann-Bell, Richmond 2002, ISBN 0-943396-74-3 . - J. Meeus:
*Mathematical Astronomy Morsels III*. Willmann-Bell, Richmond 2004, ISBN 0-943396-81-6 . - J. Meeus:
*Mathematical Astronomy Morsels IV*. Willmann-Bell, Richmond 2007, ISBN 978-0-943396-87-3 . - J. Meeus:
*Mathematical Astronomy Morsels V*. Willmann-Bell, Richmond 2009, ISBN 978-0-943396-92-7 .

### Other works

- J. Meeus:
*Tables of Moon and Sun*. Kesselberg Sterrenwacht, Kessel-Lo 1962. - J. Meeus:
*Syzygies Tables*. Kesselberg Sterrenwacht, Kessel-Lo 1963. - J. Meeus, CC Grosjean, W. Vanderleen:
*Canon of Solar Eclipses*. Pergamon Press, Oxford 1966. - J. Meeus:
*Some Bright Visual Binary Stars*. Sky Publishing Corporation, Cambridge MA 1971. - F. Pilcher, J. Meeus:
*Tables of minor planets*. Self-published, Jacksonville 1973. - J. Meeus, H. Mucke :
*Canon of Lunar Eclipses -2002 to +2526*. 3. Edition. Astronomical Office Vienna, Vienna 1992. [1] (first 1979) - H. Mucke, J. Meeus:
*Canon of Solar Eclipses -2003 to +2526*. 2nd Edition. Astronomical Office Vienna, Vienna 1992. [2] (first 1984) - J. Meeus:
*Elements of Solar Eclipses 1951-2200*. Willmann-Bell, Richmond 1989, ISBN 0-943396-21-2 . - J. Meeus:
*Transits*. Willmann-Bell, Richmond 1989, ISBN 0-943396-26-3 . - J. Meeus:
*Astronomical Tables of the Sun, Moon and Planets*. 3. Edition. Willmann-Bell, Richmond 2015, ISBN 978-1-942675-03-7 (first 1983) - F. Espenak, J. Meeus:
*Five Millennium Canon of Solar Eclipses: -1999 to +3000*, NASA Technical paper 2006-214141, 2006 [3] - F. Espenak, J. Meeus:
*Five Millennium Canon of Lunar Eclipses: -1999 to +3000*, NASA Technical paper 2009-214172, 2009 [4]

## literature

- Fabrizio Bònoli, Salvo De Meis, Antonio Panaino (eds.):
*Astronomical Amusements: Papers in Honor of Jean Meeus*, Mimesis 2000

## Web links

## Individual evidence

- ^ Solar Eclipse Newsletter, Volume 7, Issue 12, December 2002
- ^ Honorary Members of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada

personal data | |
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SURNAME | Meeus, Jean |

BRIEF DESCRIPTION | Belgian mathematician, astronomer and author |

DATE OF BIRTH | December 12, 1928 |