Announcing the 2023 David Pingree Prize

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 words) of an issue(s) 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 a manner that emulates the critical and exacting fashion of Professor David Pingree’s scholarship.

Submissions must be submitted via an e-mail as a .pdf attachment and sent to [email protected].

Submissions must be received by 12:00 pm on Monday, April 17, 2023.



Open to all Brown undergraduate students regardless of concentration


Regular referees: 

  • The Senior Sanskrit Professor in Classics  
  • The Senior Professor of the Exact Sciences in Egyptology and Assyriology
  • A deciding vote to be cast, in the event of a split decision, by the Chair of Classics



One prize of $1000.



Please contact Professor John Steele, Professor of Egyptology and Assyriology, Egyptology and Assyriology, Brown University; e-mail: [email protected].