Francesco Capuano Di Manfredonia

Francesco Capuano Di Manfredonia (flourished 15th century) was an Italian astronomer.

He was a published professor of astronomy at Padua, Republic of Venice, then later became a bishop. At some point he became known as Johannes Baptista Capuanus si Pontinus, de Manfredonia.[1] He wrote an influential commentary on the work Tractatus de Sphaera by Johannes de Sacrobosco.[2] This commentary was reprinted six times, up through 1531.[1] Francesco died around 1490.[3]

On Giovanni Battista Riccioli's 17th century lunar map, a crater feature was named Capuanus after the astronomer. This feature was later changed to Ramsden crater.[4] A crater to the east-southeast of Ramsden was later named Capuanus crater for him, as adopted by the International Astronomical Union in 1935.[5]


  1. ^ a b Boner, Patrick J. (2010), Change and Continuity in Early Modern Cosmology, Archimedes Series, 27, Springer, p. 14, ISBN 94-007-0036-9
  2. ^ Shank, Michael H. (2009), "Setting up Copernicus? Astronomy and Natural Philosophy in Giambattista Capuano da Manfredonia's Expositio on the Sphere", Early Science and Medicine, 14 (1–3): 290–315, doi:10.1163/157338209X425597
  3. ^ Manilius, Marcus; Sherburne, Edward (1675), "A catalogue of astronomers", The sphere of Marcus Manilius made an English poem: with annotations and an astronomical appendix, p. 42
  4. ^ Whitaker, Ewen A. (1999), Mapping and Naming the Moon, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-62248-4 See appendix G.
  5. ^ Gazetteer of Planetary Nomenclature, USGS, retrieved 2011-10-31