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David Pingree

David Edwin Pingree (January 2, 1933, New Haven, Connecticut – November 11, 2005, Providence, Rhode Island) was a University Professor, and Professor of History of Mathematics and Classics at Brown University, and one of America's leading historians of the Exact Sciences (primarily Mathematics) in antiquity.[1]

Life

He graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts in 1950 and thereafter attended Harvard University, where he earned his doctorate in 1960 with a dissertation on the supposed transmission of Hellenistic astrology to India under the joint supervision of Daniel Henry Holmes Ingalls, Sr. and Otto Eduard Neugebauer.[2]

He joined the History of Mathematics Department at Brown University in 1971, eventually holding the chair until his death.[3]

As successor to Otto Neugebauer (1899–1990) in Brown’s History of Mathematics Department (which Neugebauer established in 1947), Pingree numbered among his colleagues men of extraordinary learning, especially Abraham Sachs and Gerald Toomer.[4][5][6]

Career

Jon McGinnis of the University of Missouri, St. Louis, describes Pingree’s life-work thus:

...Pingree devoted himself to the study of the exact sciences, such as mathematics, mathematical astronomy and astral omens. He was also acutely interested in the transmission of those sciences across cultural and linguistic boundaries. His interest in the transmission of the exact sciences came from two fronts or, perhaps more correctly, his interest represents two sides of the same coin. On the one hand, he was concerned with how one culture might appropriate, and so alter, the science of another (earlier) culture in order to make that earlier scientific knowledge more accessible to the recipient culture. On the other hand, Pingree was also interested in how scientific texts surviving from a later culture might be used to reconstruct or cast light on our fragmentary records of earlier sciences. In this quest, Pingree would, with equal facility use ancient Greek works to clarify Babylonian texts on divination, turn to Arabic treatises to illuminate early Greek astronomical and astrological texts, seek Sanskrit texts to explain Arabic astronomy, or track the appearance of Indian astronomy in medieval Europe.[7]

In June, 2007 the Brown University Library acquired Pingree's personal collection of scholarly materials. The collection focuses on the study of mathematics and exact sciences in the ancient world, especially India, and the relationship of Eastern mathematics to the development of mathematics and related disciplines in the West. The collection contains some 22,000 volumes, 700 fascicles, and a number of manuscripts. The holdings consist of both antiquarian and recent materials published in Sanskrit, Arabic, Hindi, Persian and Western languages.[8]

Awards

Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1975 and a MacArthur Fellowship in 1981, he was a member of the Society of Fellows at Harvard, the American Philosophical Society, and the Institute for Advanced Study; he was also A.D. White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University from 1995.[9]

Selected works

  • Babylonian Planetary Omens (with Erica Reiner: Brill, Leiden 2005)
  • Census of the Exact Sciences in Sanskrit (5 vols., American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia 1970 et seq.)
  • Arabic Astronomy in Sanskrit: Al-Birjandī on Tadhkira II, Chapter 11 and its Sanskrit Translation (with Takanori Kusuba: Brill, Leiden 2002).
  • The Yavanajātaka of Sphujidhvaja (2 vols., Harvard Oriental Series 48, 1978).[10][11]
  • Dorothei Sidonii carmen astrologicum (Teubner, Leipzig, 1976).
  • Vettii Valentis Antiocheni Anthologiarum Libri Novem (Teubner, Leipzig, 1986).
  • The Liber Aristotilis of Hugo of Santalla (edited with Charles Burnett Warburg Institute Surveys and Texts 26, London, 1997).
  • See the Worldcat listing for further titles.

References

  1. ^ "In Memoriam" Mathematical Association of America
  2. ^ David Pingree at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Wilbour Hall"A brief history of the Department ",
  4. ^ “Remembering David E. Pingree”, Jon McGinnis
  5. ^ http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2005/11/15/histmath
  6. ^ "Memorial", Bulletin of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics, Toke Lindegaard Knudsen, pp. 5–6
  7. ^ Jon McGinnis (University of Missouri, St. Louis), Remembering David E. Pingree. The International Society for the History of Arabic/Islamic Science and Philosophy website. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
  8. ^ "Brown University Library Acquires Collection of David E. Pingree"
  9. ^ "David E. Pingree: An Unpublished Autobiography", William M. Calder III and Stephan Heilen
  10. ^
  11. ^

Sources and external links

  • Memorial by Kim Plofker and Bernard R. Goldstein in Aestimatio (http://www.ircps.org/publications/aestimatio/pdf/2005-06-03_Pingree.pdf#search=%22%22david%20edwin%20pingree%22%22)
  • Memorial by Toke Lindegaard Knudsen in the Bulletin of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Mathematics http://faculty.umf.maine.edu/~molinsky/cshpm/Bulletin/38-2006.pdf (pp. 5–6)
  • Death notice in the Brown Daily Herald http://www.browndailyherald.com/home/index.cfm?event=displayArticle&uStory_id=47d666ba-15db-402b-bd71-a539c61b03c5
  • "An Indiana Jones of Mathematics" in the George Street Journal http://www.brown.edu/Administration/George_Street_Journal/Pingree.html
  • A collection of PDFs of some texts used by Dr. Pingree and his students, including a copy of a Heiberg edition of the Almagest used by Dr. Pingree himself: http://www.wilbourhall.org
  • David Pingree on Find A Grave http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=84028246
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