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Call for submissions: 2013 David Pingree Prize in Ancient Science and Intellectual History

December 12, 2012

The David Pingree Prize in Ancient Science and Intellectual History

Instituted by Isabelle Pingree and Brown University in 2011 to honor the distinguished career of her late husband Professor David E. Pingree, University Professor and Professor of the History of Mathematics and of Classics at Brown University until his death in 2005. This prize will be awarded to the Brown undergraduate from any concentration who presents the best paper in a given year dealing with the rigorous intellectual traditions of the ancient and medieval worlds and their textual sources (including mainly, but not only, Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, Arabic, and Akkadian).

Guidelines for submissions: 

Submissions must be substantial examinations (4,000 to 8,000 printed words) of an issue(s) (or issues) or problem(s) in one of the above listed areas of scholarly research. Submissions need not be original research contributions on the chosen matter (though such are welcome), but should deal with a matter of significance and interest and do so in manner that emulates the critical and exacting fashion of Professor David Pingree’s scholarship.

Submissions must be neatly printed or typed and easily readable, with a bibliography and any notes at the foot of their proper pages. 

Submissions must be received in the Department of Classics (MacFarlane House, 48 College Street, Room 103) by Noon on Monday, April 15, 2013.

Eligibility: Open to all Brown undergraduate students regardless of concentration

Regular referees: 

The Senior Professor of Sanskrit in Classics 

The Senior Professor of the Exact Sciences in Egyptology and Ancient Western Asian Studies

A deciding vote to be cast, in the event of a split decision, by the Chair of Classics


One prize of $1000!


Please contact James L. Fitzgerald, Das Professor of Sanskrit, Classics, Brown University