|Title||Note by Joseph Banks about Mendoza Rios and his method of calculations|
|Description||Banks comments on the possibility of the Board of Longitude rewarding Mendoza Rios for his efforts, particularly has Rios had suffered a loss has he published his tables himself ( 'Tables for Navigation and Nautical Astronomy', 1809 ).|
Mendoza Rios's work was (he believed) a refinement on the lunar distance method of determining longitude (a lunar distance is the distance between the moon and the sun or a fixed star. By comparing the local time when the lunar distance was observed with time predicted for the same lunar distance to occur at a known meridian, the difference in longitude could be deduced).
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|NA8116||Banks; Sir; Joseph (1744 - 1820); naturalist||1744 - 1820|
|NA7288||Mendoza y Rios; Joseph (? 1762 - ? 1815)||? 1762 - ? 1815|