Commission C3 WG Johannes Kepler


The setting up of the Johannes Kepler Working Group (JKWG) was mooted at the end of Special Session 9 of the XXVII General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union (11-14 August 2009, Rio de Janeiro) and the WG was later officially approved by the IAU.

Permanent tasks:

  • To serve as a nexus for Kepler specialist historians and as a resource for the wider astronomical community.
  • To provide an online source of reliable information for interested members of the public on the life and work of Johannes Kepler.
  • To establish working relationships with other organizations and institutions. The group has had productive relations with the Kepler-Kommission of the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften (BAdW) and will in due course contact the Russian Academy of Sciences, the International Council for Science (ICSU) and its member organizations (e.g. the International Union of History and Philosophy of Science).

Ongoing and future activities:

  • To continue to develop the website.
  • To initiate a JKWG newsletter (to be posted on the website and emailed to JKWG members and interested parties).
  • To undertake negotiations with the Kepler-Kommission of the Russian Academy of Sciences for the digitization of the entirety of Kepler's manuscripts (the Kepler-Kommission has a photostated copy of the MSS, but digitizing the original MSS would require permission from the copyright owner of the MSS (the Russian Academy of Sciences).
  • To use the JKWG website to post translations of Kepler's correspondence into modern languages (the translation project would be carried out in collaboration with university departments that teach students to read Renaissance Latin texts).
  • To continue to encourage research and publication, including translations of Kepler's printed works into modern languages. Members of the JKGW are at present working on a textbook for students of the history of science: "Reading the Mind of God: Johannes Kepler and the Reformation of Astronomy" (edited by A. E. L. Davis, J. V. Field and T. J. Mahoney. The book was commissioned by the Royal Astronomical Society and will be published by Springer.


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Working Group Members (10)


Commission C3 History of Astronomy

Terence J. Mahoney

Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias
Research Division
C/ Vía Láctea s/n
38200 La Laguna, Tenerife

Phone: +34 922 605278
Fax: +34 922 605210
Email: tjmiaces
Personal website:
Organization website:

NCA adherence: Spain

Last updated:
November 26, 2018

A. E. L. Davis

n.b. address not for postal correspondence]
Science & Technology Studies
University College, London
Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

Phone: +44 020-7193-3779
Email: aeldavisuclacuk

NCA adherence: United Kingdom

Last updated:
March 14, 2018

J. V. Field

Honorary Visiting Research Fellow
School of History of Art, Film and Visual Media
Birkbeck University London
43 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PD
United Kingdom

Email: jvfieldhartbbkacuk

NCA adherence: United Kingdom

Last updated:
March 14, 2018

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