Silke Ackermann

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Silke Ackermann
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Silke Ackermann is the Director of the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford (above).

Silke M. Ackermann FSA (German: [ˈsɪlkə ˈʔakɐman]) is a German museum curator and historian of science who is currently the Director of the Museum of the History of Science at Oxford University.

Education[edit]

Ackermann studied History and Oriental Languages at the University of Frankfurt in Germany.[1] After working for the "Regesta Imperii" Project, she wrote an MA thesis on the 13th-century mathematician, astronomer and astrologer Michael Scot entitled "Michael Scot: a universal scholar of the 13th century: Sources of his life - Tradition of his works".[2] Ackermann continued this research for her PhD which she presented in 1996, and was later published as a book.[3] During this research, Ackermann studied History of Science at the Institute for the History of Science within Frankfurt University and acted as an assistant to Prof. David King.

Career[edit]

From 1996, Ackermann was the Curator of European and Islamic scientific instruments at the British Museum in London.[4] In April 2005 she was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries.[5] In 2012, Ackermann took up a professorship at the University of Applied Sciences Baltic College in Schwerin, Germany, where she was later appointed president.[6][7][8] From July 2013 to 2017 she was the President of the Scientific Instrument Commission.[9][10][11] From March 2014, Ackermann has been Director of the Museum of the History of Science at Oxford University and fellow of Linacre College,[12][8] taking over from the renowned and long serving Dr Jim Bennett who was succeed for 2 years by Stephen Johnston who served as the Acting Director from 2012 to 2014.[13] She is the first ever female head of a museum at the University of Oxford.

Ackermann's research interests include the history of science of the Middle Ages and Renaissance and the Islamic World, scientific instruments (especially astrolabes), and knowledge transfer.[14]

Works[edit]

  • Humphrey Cole: mint, measurement and maps in Elizabethan England (1998)[15]
  • Richard II, John Holland and three medieval quadrants. (1999)[16]
  • Time (1999)[17]
  • Maths and memory: calendar medals in the British Museum (2004)[18]
  • Sternstunden am Kaiserhof: Michael Scotus und sein Buch von den Bildern und Zeichen des Himmels (2009)[3]
  • Scientific Instruments on Display (2014)[19]
  • Museum of the History of Science, Oxford (2016)[20]

Contributed to:

  • Globes at Greenwich (1999)[21]
  • Sundials at Greenwich (2002)[22]
  • Astrolabes at Greenwich (2005)[23]
  • Masterpieces of Medieval Art (2012)[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Comunicare La Scienza Nei Musei Dal Concetto All'Exhibit". Florence, Italy. 12 April 2002. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  2. ^ Ackermann, Silke (1987). "Michael Scotus : ein Universalgelehrter des 13. Jahrhunderts : Quellen zu seinem Leben - Überlieferung seiner Werke | Copac". copac.jisc.ac.uk (in German). Archived from the original on 2018-06-16. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  3. ^ a b Ackermann, Silke (2009). "Sternstunden am Kaiserhof : Michael Scotus und sein Buch von den Bildern und Zeichen des Himmels | Copac". copac.jisc.ac.uk (in German). Archived from the original on 2018-06-16. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  4. ^ "Silke Ackermann". UK: University of Oxford. 14 October 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Fellows Directory - Society of Antiquaries". www.sal.org.uk. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  6. ^ "Prof. Dr. Ackermann wird neue prädidentin" (PDF). BCnews. July 2017. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  7. ^ "Prof. Dr. Silke Ackermann neue Präsidentin am Baltic College - Wissenschaft - Nordic Market". www.nordic-market.de. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  8. ^ a b "History of Science's leader is appointed". The Oxford Times. UK. 5 October 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Public lecture: Silke Ackermann, 20 November 2017". Scientific Instrument Society. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  10. ^ Ackermann, Silke; Kremer, Richard L; Miniati, Mara (2014). Scientific instruments on display. ISBN 9789004264397.
  11. ^ "XXXVI Symposium Scientific instruments". site.mast.br. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  12. ^ "Oxford Today - Trinity Term 2014". Issuu. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  13. ^ "Museum of the History of Science appoints new director". UK: University of Oxford. 14 October 2013. Archived from the original on 4 October 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  14. ^ "AIA Lecturer: Silke Ackermann". Archaeological Institute of America. 2012. Retrieved 29 March 2014.
  15. ^ Ackermann, Silke (1998). "Humphrey Cole : mint, measurement and maps in Elizabethan England | Copac". copac.jisc.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 2018-06-16. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  16. ^ Ackermann, Silke (1999). "Richard II, John Holland and three medieval quadrants. | Copac". copac.jisc.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 2018-06-16. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  17. ^ Ackermann, Silke. "Time | Copac". copac.jisc.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 2018-01-19. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  18. ^ Ackermann, Silke (2004). "Maths and memory : calendar medals in the British Museum, Parts 1 and 2 | Copac". copac.jisc.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 2018-06-16. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  19. ^ Ackermann, Silke (2014). "Scientific instruments on display | Copac". copac.jisc.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 2018-06-16. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  20. ^ Ackermann, Silke (2016). "Museum of the History of Science, Oxford | Copac". copac.jisc.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 2018-06-16. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  21. ^ Decker, Elly (1999). "Globes at Greenwich : a catalogue of the globes and armillary spheres in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich | Copac". copac.jisc.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 2018-06-16. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  22. ^ Higton, Hester (2002). "Sundials at Greenwich : a catalogue of the sundials, nocturnals and horay quadrants in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich | Copac". copac.jisc.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 2018-06-16. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  23. ^ Cleempoel, Koenraad. "Astrolabes at Greenwich : a catalogue of the astrolabes in the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich | Copac". copac.jisc.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 2018-06-16. Retrieved 2018-01-19.
  24. ^ Robinson, James (2012). "Masterpieces of medieval art | Copac". copac.jisc.ac.uk. Archived from the original on 2018-06-16. Retrieved 2018-01-19.

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Cultural offices
Preceded by
Jim Bennett
Director of the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford
2014–present
Succeeded by
(incumbent)