Noel Swerdlow

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Noel Mark Swerdlow
ResidenceUnited States
Alma materYale University, 1968[1]
AwardsMacArthur Foundation Fellowship[2]
Scientific career
FieldsHistory of science, history of astronomy
InstitutionsUniversity of Chicago

Noel Mark 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.


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]


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