The Netherlands Institute for the Near East

Nederlands Instituut voor het Nabije Oosten  -  Institut nĂ©erlandais du Proche-Orient

Mathieu Ossendrijver is an Assyriologist, historian of science and astrophysicist. Since 2013 he is a professor for the history of ancient science at the Institute of Philosophy of the Humboldt University Berlin and a member of the Excellence Cluster TOPOI (Berlin). His main research areas are Babylonian astral science and mathematics.

Ossendrijver received a PhD in astrophysics in 1996 (Utrecht University) and pursued research on solar and stellar dynamos until 2005, when his research switched to Babylonian astronomy. After receiving visiting scholarships at the NINO (2005/2006) and the Institute for Ancient Near Eastern Studies (IANES, Tübingen) he obtained a PhD in Assyriology (2010) with a thesis about the Babylonian astronomical procedure texts (Univ. of Tübingen). Since then he has worked on related topics as a visiting scholar of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW), New York (2010/2011), the Institute for Ancient Near Eastern Studies (IANES), Tübingen (2011), and the Excellence Cluster TOPOI, Berlin (2011-2013).

Selected Publications