Curriculum Vitae

Dr. Benno van Dalen


Address:

Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus
Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Alfons-Goppel-Strasse 11
80539 München
Germany
Email: emailaddress


Work Experience (on contract basis)

May 2013-now

Employer: Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Munich) / Julius-Maximilians-Universität.
Function: Researc
h leader in the project Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus.

January 2008-September 2010

Employer: Ludwig Maximilians University (Munich).
Function: Research associate at the Lehrstuhl für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften.
Project: Der Wissenstransfer zwischen Orient und Okzident, funded by the initiative of excellence LMUexcellent.
Tasks: Research related to the transmission of knowledge between the Islamic world and surrounding regions; coordination of the research visits of two guest professors and one guest researcher; organisation of the conference Between Orient and Occident: Transformation of Knowledge in November 2009.

January 2006-December 2007

Employer: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).
Function: Research associate at the Institut für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main.
Tasks: Research project for the preparation of a monograph on the transmission of Islamic astronomy to China.

January 2000-September 2005

Employer: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG).
Function: Research associate at the Institut für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main.
Tasks: Research project for the preparation of a new Survey of Islamic Astronomical Tables; three seminars on ancient and medieval mathematical astronomy.

December 1989-June 1993

Employer: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (abbreviated NWO).
Function: “Scientific assistant” at the Mathematical Institute, University of Utrecht.
Tasks: Doctoral research, teacher of mathematical exercises for mathematics majors and minors, freshman and sophomore level.

December 1987-January 1989

Employer: University of Utrecht.
Function
: “Scientific assistant” at the Mathematical Institute.
Tasks
: Doctoral research, teacher of mathematical exercises for mathematics majors and minors, freshman and sophomore level.

September 1985-November 1987

Employer: University of Utrecht.
Function
: “Student assistant” at the Mathematical Institute (part-time).
Tasks: Assistant teacher of exercises for mathematics majors, freshman level.

Post-doctoral scholarships

September 1998-December 1999:

Institution: Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology (Massachussetts Institute of Technology), Cambridge MA (USA).
Project
: Research on the role played by Muslim astronomers in Mongol China (ca. 1270) on the basis of an Arabic astronomical handbook written in Tibet in 1366.

April 1998-August 1998

Institution: Institute for the History of Arabic-Islamic Sciences, Frankfurt am Main (Germany).
Research
: Various aspects of Islamic mathematical geography.
Supervisor
: Prof. Dr. F. Sezgin.

September 1997-February 1998

Foundation: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany).
Institution: Institute for History of Science, Frankfurt am Main (Germany).
Project: Development of a computer database of astronomical parameters occurring in medieval Islamic sources.
Supervisor
: Prof. Dr. D.A. King.

September 1995-August 1997

Foundation: Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS).
Institution
: International Institute for Linguistic Sciences, Kyoto Sangyo University, Kyoto (Japan).
Project
: Research on Islamic astronomical tables extant in Chinese and the interaction between Islamic and Chinese science in the 13/14th century. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Michio Yano.

January 1994-June 1995

Foundation: Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (Germany).
Institution
: Institute for History of Science, Frankfurt am Main (Germany).
Project
: The early-Islamic astronomical handbook of Habash al-Hasib (9th century); reconstruction of some of the lost tables of Abu’l-Wafa’ (10th century).
Supervisor
: Prof. Dr. D.A. King.

February 1989-November 1989

Foundation: Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).
Station
: Institute for History of Science, Frankfurt am Main (Germany).
Project: Investigation of various historical aspects of my doctoral research; study of scientific Arabic texts.
Supervisor: Prof. Dr. D.A. King.

Education

Ph.D. (September 1993)

Institution: Mathematical Institute, University of Utrecht.
Supervisors: Prof. H.J.M. Bos and Dr. J.P. Hogendijk.
Dissertation: “Ancient and Mediaeval Astronomical Tables: mathematical structure and parameter values”.

M.Sc. (November 1987)

Institution: Mathematical Institute, University of Utrecht.
Supervisors
: Prof. H.J.M. Bos and Dr. J.P. Hogendijk.
Master’s thesis
: “Mathematical Analysis of Medieval Islamic Astronomical Tables” (in Dutch).
Major
: mathematics, concentration history of mathematics, statistics.
Minor
: computer science, especially theoretical informatics.

B.S. (May 1983)

Institution: Mathematical Institute, University of Utrecht (cum laude).
Major
: mathematics.
Minor: computer science.

Organisation of Conferences and Symposia

Assignments, Nominations, Memberships, Invitations, etc.

 

Last modification: 6 February 2018.

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