Short CV/Education and training

  • 1964 – 1970
    Studied mathematics and physics at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, in addition to the history of mathematics and astronomy

  • 1969
    Diplom thesis on astronomy in antiquity, University of Copenhagen

  • 1970
    Diplom degree in mathematics with a minor in physics, University of Copenhagen

  • 1970 – 1971
    Fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

  • 1971 – 1972
    Collaborated on the Bernoulli Edition; worked on the letters from Kratzenstein (Copenhagen) to Johann III Bernoulli in Basel

  • 1972 – 1974
    Studied the history of science and social anthropology at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, USA

  • 1974
    Doctorate (Dr. Phil II = Doctor of Natural Science) under Professor Fleckenstein (University of Basel) in the history of mathematics

  • 1974 – 1975
    Lecturer in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen

  • 1975 – 1976
    Received the Julie Winter Hansen travel award for one year; research on Babylonian astronomy, State University of New York at Stony Brook

  • 1975 – 1977
    Spent two years abroad in the USA at State University of New York at Stony Brook

  • 1977 – 1978
    Spent one year abroad in Grenoble, France.

  • Since 1979
    In Regensburg, Germany

  • 1992 – 1994
    Habilitation (postdoctoral qualification) fellowship from the German Research Foundation (DFG). Topic: Babylonian lunar texts, observation and theory

  • 1994 – 1996
    Academic re-entry fellowship from the Free State of Bavaria, Germany

  • 1997
    Habilitation and venia legendi (authorisation to teach) in the area of history of science, received from the Department of Physics at Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany

  • 1997 – 1999
    Private lecturer at Goethe University Frankfurt

  • 1999
    Jan – April Visiting Fellow at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, USA; afterwards, Private lecturer at the University of Regensburg, Germany

  • Since 2006
    Professor by special appointment, University of Regensburg

  • 1999 – 2002
    Research associate in the Department of Philosophy, including history of science, at the University of Regensburg, as part of the DFG research project "Babylonian Astronomy II: The early stages of Babylonian astronomy, together with an astronomical analysis of and a new edition of the Babylonian cuneiform text TU 11"

  • 2003 – 2005
    Research associate in the Department of Philosophy, including history of science, at the University of Regensburg, as part of the DFG research project "Analysis from the perspective of the history of astronomy of atypical and other non-mathematical astronomy cuneiform texts"

  • 2005 – 2009
    Research associate in the Department of Philosophy, including history of science, at the University of Regensburg, as part of the DFG research project "Analysis from the perspective of the history of astronomy of cuneiform texts on time differences: Predicting days and points in time in Babylonian lunar theory"

  • Since 2010
    Retired; continuing research on astronomy and mathematics in antiquity, in conjunction with researchers in Germany, Austria, Denmark, and the US

Selected publications

  • Bernsen, L.: "On the Construction of Column B in System A of the Astronomical Cuneiform Texts" in Centaurus 14 (1969) pp. 23 – 28.

  • Brack-Bernsen, L.: "Some investigations on the ephemerids of the Babylonian moon texts system A" Centaurus 24 (1980) pp. 36 – 50.

  • Brack-Bernsen, L.: "On the Babylonian Lunar Theory A: Construction of Column ; from Horizontal Observations", Centaurus 33 (1990) 39 – 56.

  • Brack-Bernsen, L.: Zur Entstehung der Babylonischen Mondtheorie: Beobachtung und theoretische Berechnung von Mondphasen. Habilitation (postdoctoral) thesis. Boethius Series, Vol. 40, Franz Steiner Verlag Stuttgart (1997)

  • Brack-Bernsen, L.: "Goal Year Tablets: Lunar Data and Predictions" Lecture held in May 1994 at the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology, MIT, Boston, in Ancient Astronomy and Celestial Divination. Ed. N. M. Swerdlow, Publications of the Dibner Institute for the History of Science and Technology MIT Press Cambridge, Massachusetts, London, England (1999) pp. 149 – 177.

  • Brack-Bernsen, L. and Hunger, H.: "TU 11, A Collection of Rules for the Prediction of Lunar Phases and of Month Lenghts". SCIAMVS 3 (2002) pp. 3 – 90.

  • Brack-Bernsen, L. and Steele, J. M.: "Eclipse Prediction and the Length of the Saros in Babylonian Astronomy", in Centaurus 47 (2005) pp. 181 – 206.

  • Brack-Bernsen, L.: "Methods for understanding and reconstructing Babylonian predicting rules", in: Writings of early scholars in the ancient Near East, Egypt, Rome, and Greece, edited by Annette Imhausen and Tanja Pommerening, Beiträge zur Altertumskunde, Volume 286 (Berlin: de Gruyter 2010), 277 – 297.

  • Brack-Bernsen, L. and Hunger, H.: "BM 42282+42294 and the Goal-Year Method". SCIAMVS 9 (2008) pp. 3 – 23.

  • Brack-Bernsen, L.: "Prediction of days and pattern of the Babylonian Lunar Six", Archiv für Orientforschung, Vol. 52 (2010), 156 – 178.


Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Work with the Regensburger Symposien und Methodikseminare (Regensburg symposia and methodology seminars--"Science in the context of societal decisions and worldviews"), since 2008

Additional qualifications

  • Reviewer of theses for Diplom degrees and doctorates at the University of Copenhagen and the University of Aarhus, Denmark, Durham University, UK, and Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany


Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married with 3 children


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