Robert William Middeke-Conlin

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow (Mar 2017-Mar 2019)

PhD, Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7, Laboratoire SPHERE

Robert is an historian of mathematics researching professional numeracy in the Old Babylonian period southern Mesopotamia as a member of the Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge. Robert’s primary research interests concern the society and economy of Old Babylonian southern Mesopotamia, including cuneiform mathematics, calculation practices, technology, as well as craft industries and archives. He is currently working on his book, The making of a scribe: Errors, mistakes, and rounding numbers in the Old Babylonian kingdom of Larsa, as well as studies on mathematical practice in this period and place. Robert’s prior education include a bachelor’s degree in Ancient Mediterranean studies at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus with an emphasis on the Eastern Mediterranean, and a master’s degree in Assyriology at Yale University where he examined the aromatics industry of Old Babylonian Larsa for his thesis. His PhD was completed at the Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7 where he studied mathematical practice in economic texts as a member of the ERC funded project, Mathematical Sciences in the Ancient World (SAW).