Curriculum Vitae

Benno van Dalen, Ph.D.
See also:
my homepage, list of publications, and description of computer programs.
Address:
Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus
Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften
Alfons-Goppel-Strasse 11
80539 München
Germany
Email: Email address


Work Experience (on contract basis)

May 2013-now
Employer: Bavarian Academy of Sciences and Humanities (Munich).
Function: Research 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.


Language skills
Native language: 
Fluent: 
Very good: 
Reading skills: 

Basic knowledge:

Dutch 
English and German 
Japanese and French 
Spanish, Russian and Swedish; 
scientific texts in Arabic, Persian and classical Chinese 
Latin, ancient Greek and Accadian 

Computer skills
Platforms: 
Word processors: 
Typesetting: 
Database programming:
Programming languages:
Other: 
DOS PC, Windows 3.1, Windows 95/98/XP/Vista/7, UNIX 
Microsoft Word, WordPerfect (DOS and Windows) 
TeX (also for Arabic, Chinese and Japanese texts) 
Codebase, Access
TurboPascal, Delphi, Basic 
Excel; HTML, Perl, Javascript

On my homepage you will find more information about my research interests and links to my complete list of publications as well as to the descriptions of the computer programs that I have written. For further information, please mail to the address above. 


Last modification: September 10, 2013.