The life and work of Otto Neugebauer (1899-1990), founder of Brown's Department of History of Mathematics and recipient of Brown's most prestigious honor, the Rosenberger medal, in 1987, is examined in a newly published book, A Mathematicians Journey's: Otto Neugebauer and Modern Transformations of Ancient Science, co-edited by the department's John Steele.
Congratulations to Yuzhen Guan, PhD ’15, for his position as a ResearchYuzhen Guan Professor (tenure Track) at the University of Science and Technology of China, in the Department of History of Science and Scientific Archaeology. We are certain his students will be very pleased to learn from our outstanding alumnus. Additionally, Guan has been accepted as a candidate for the Chinese Academy of Science "Hundred Talents Program", through which leading scholars and experts have been fostered for China's academic development. Best wishes to you, Guan!
Kathryn HowleySimilar Congratulations to Kathryn Howley, PhD '15, now back in the UK, at the University of East Anglia in the Faculty of Art History and World Art Studies as a Fixed-term Lecturer. UEA's reputation for academic quality and for highly satisfied students will easily be maintained with Kathryn's contributions.
And finally for now, our newest alumnus, Willis Monroe '16, is offering "ScienceM. Willis Monroe in Ancient Iraq" as a Visiting Assistant Professor this semester, as part of the first ever class of Dean of Faculty Fellows. We are very happy to have you with us a little longer, Willis.
We are truly proud of our many alums and invite all to keep us informed and hope you will allow us to post your updates to share with our E & A community.
We are pleased to report that the Assyriology conference planned for February 27 is coming together nicely. The title and topic is "Ancient History: Assyriological Perspectives" and the field of participants is impressive. Heather Baker (University of Toronto), Eckart Frahm (Yale University), Grant Frame (University of Pennsylvania), Jacob Lauinger (Johns Hopkins University) and Jonathan Tenney (Cornell University) will join Brown Professors John Steele and Matthew Rutz for a full day of discussion of historic issues in Assyriology. Please call 863-3132 for details and to register (no charge to attend).
On Thursday, December 10, Willis Monroe successfully defended his dissertation and department members were very pleased to gather to congratulate him. Willis is one of the first Dean of Faculty Fellowship recipients and will teach a class in our department next semester. Congratulations on both achievements, Willis!
Ramadan Hussein, PhD '09, has been awarded a prestigious grant by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) for the conservation, documentation and publication of the Saite-Persian tombs in Saqqara. The grant (a total of 412.000 €) is for three years and comes with a three year Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter [Research Associate] position at the Universität Tübingen, effective April, 2016. We in the Egyptology and Assyriology Department at Brown share in the pleasure and pride of this achievement and look forward to continued news and successes. Congratulations, Ramadan, and best wishes to you and your family!