Noel Swerdlow

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Noel M. Swerdlow
Residence United States
Fields History of science, history of astronomy
Institutions University of Chicago
Alma mater Yale University, 1968[1]
Notable awards MacArthur Foundation Fellowship[2]

Noel M. Swerdlow (born 1941) is a professor emeritus of history, astronomy and astrophysics at the University of Chicago. He is currently a visiting professor at the California Institute of Technology.

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Swerdlow specializes in the history of exact sciences, astronomy in particular, from antiquity through the 17th century.[1]

In 1988 Swerdlow received the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, often referred to as the "genius grant."[2] In the same year he published the book "The Babylonian Theory of the Planets" (Princeton University Press).

In 1988, he was also elected to membership in the American Philosophical Society, the oldest learned society in the United States, dating to 1743.[3]

In 2010 Swerdlow called for the withdrawal of the first edition of the "Biographical Encyclopaedia of Astronomers" on the grounds that one of the contributors, Nick Kollerstrom, was a Holocaust Denier. [4]

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