Curriculum vitae

apl. Prof. Dr. Lis Brack-Bernsen

Wissenschaftsgeschichte, Universitšt Regensburg
D-93040 Regensburg, Germany
Phone: + 49 (0)941 943-3646/3661, Fax: + 49 (0)941 943-1985


Lis Brack-Bernsen teaches history of science at the University of Regensburg. Her research interests include the history of astronomy and mathematics with special emphasis on Babylonian astronomy and its development.

A mathematician by training, with physics and astronomy as subsidiary subjects, she was trained in history of ancient astronomy and mathematics by Olaf Schmidt during her studies at the University of Copenhagen. She switched to the history of Mayan Astronomy for her PhD studies at the University of Basel, whereby she was sponsored by the Swiss National Foundation. After a few years as a lecturer at the Mathematical Institute of Copenhagen University, she went to the USA. Following a time with upbringing of her three children, she got back to full-time research of Babylonian Astronomy through a grant from the DFG. After few years as a lecturer (Privatdozentin) at the University of Frankfurt and a stay as Visiting Fellow at the Dibner Institute, she became lecturer at Regensburg University in 1999. Three consecutive DFG research projects have enabled her to investigate the development of Babylonian Astronomy and to understand and reconstruct many empirical prediction rules written in Babylonian procedure texts. In 2006, she became a Professor at the University of Regensburg.

Lis Brack-Bernsen is a member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina (2009). She was (1999-2009) also a member of the editorial board of Centaurus (Copenhagen).