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of the scientific name of a taxon is the person (or team) who first makes the name 'available' by using it in a scientific publication while fulfilling the formal requirements
the creator of a piece of music
In zoological nomenclature, author citation refers to the person (or team) who first makes a scientific name of a taxon available
In botanical nomenclature, author citation refers to citing the person (or group of people) who validly published a botanical name, i.e. who first published the name while fulfilling the formal requirements as specified by the International Code of B
defined both as "the person who originates or gives existence to anything" and that authorship determines responsibility for what is created