Professor of Egyptology and Assyriology


I was born and grew up in the region of Flanders in Belgium. I studied ancient Greek, Roman, and Near Eastern languages and civilizations at—in chronological order—the Catholic University of Leuven (now KU Leuven, presently the  most innovative university in Europe), the Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and the Eberhard-Karls-University in Tübingen. In between Jerusalem and Tübingen, I served for eight months in the Belgian military, some in (West) Germany, and rounded off that year by working and living at a Benedictine abbey in Bruges. From 1985 to 1990, I completed my doctoral studies at Yale, where I also taught as a Senior Lector in Coptic and Syriac (1989–1991). I have authored, or co-authored as editor, eleven books, and have written more than two hundred articles and reviews on topics relating to ancient and medieval manuscripts, languages, and history, with primary focus on ancient Egyptian civilization. Efforts are made to make everything available to all on www. Stay tuned. My recent book "Prolegomena to the Complete Physical and Mathematical Theory of Rational Human Intelligence in Boolean, Lagrangian, and Maxwellian Mode" is presented as a complete blueprint of Boole's cathedral. It will take a few decades to build the cathedral in its entirety, as cathedrals are wont to, and probably a little if not a lot more to match everything to the precise activity of neurons in the human brain. I have been at Brown since 1991.

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