Vaiman, Aizik Abramovich

Name

Vaiman, Aizik Abramovich

Dates

12 July 1922 - 1 April 2013

Birthplace

Shepetovka, Ukraine

Specialization

Assyriology

Major works

In Russian:

  1. 1955 "Cuneiform Mathematical Tablet Erm. 15189 from the Hermitage," Epigrafika Vostoka 10, pp. 73–83.
  2. 1959 "On the Geometrical Figure Absamikku in Cuneiform Mathematical Texts," Vestnik Drevnei Istorii/Journal of Ancient History 67, pp. 91-99.
  3. 1960а "Cuneiform Economical Text Erm. 15066 from the Hermitage," Soobščenija Gosudarstvennogo Ermitaga 19, pp. 27-28.
  4. 1960b "Babylonian Geometrical Drawings of Spatial Figures," Istoriko-Mathematicheskije Issledaovanija 13, pp. 379-382.
  5. 1961 Sumero-Babylonian Mathematics of the Third to First Millennia BCE. Moscow (awarded the PhD degree for this book in 1965).
  6. 1962 "In alpim, tallum and pirkumin Cuneiform Mathematical Texts," in Pigulevskaja N.V. et al. (eds.), Drevnii Mir (Fs Struve). Moscow, pp. 214-217.
  7. 1963 "Interpretation of the Geometrical Constants in the Cuneiform Cuneiform List TMS I (Susa)," Vestnik Drevnei Istorii/Journal of Ancient History 83, pp. 75-86.
  8. 1971 "Cuneiform Text TCL, II, 5499," Vestnik Drevnei Istorii/Journal of Ancient History 115, pр. 48-53.
  9. 1976 "Studies on Sumero-Babylonian Metrology," Drevnij Vostok 2, pp. 37-66.

In German:

  1. 1974a "Über die protosumerische Schrift," Acta Antiqua 22, p. 15-27.
  2. 1976a "Über die protosumerische Schrift," in: Harmatta J., Komoroczy G. (eds.), Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft im alten Vorderasien. Budapest, pp. 15-28.

1989 Baghdader Mitteilungen 20. A. A. VAIMAN, Beitrage zur Entzifferung der Archaischen Schriften Vorderasiens. Erster Teil (translated from Russian)

  1. "Zur Entzifferung der sumerischen Bilderschrift," pp. 94-100, originally published in Soobščenija Gosudarstvennogo Ermitaga 27 (1966), pp. 59- 62.
  2. "Über die Beziehungen der protoelamischen zur protosumerischen Schrift," pp. 101-114, originally published in Vestnik DrevneiIstorii/Journal of Ancient History 121 (1972), pp.124-133.
  3. "Protosumerische Maß- und Zahlsysteme," pp. 114-120 originally published in Trudy XIII Mezdu- narodnogo kongressa po istorii nauki, August 18-24, Moskva 1971, Sektion 3-4. Moscow, 1974, pp. 6-11.
  4. "Die Bezeichnung von Sklaven und Sklavinnen in der protosumerischen," pp. 121-133 originally published in Vestnik Drevnei Istorii/Journal of Ancient History 128 (1974), pp. 138-148.

1990 Baghdader Mitteilungen 21. A. A. VAIMAN, Beitrage zur Entzifferung der Archaischen Schriften Vorderasiens. Zweiter Teil (translated from Russian)

  1. "Zur Entzifferung der proto-sumerischen Schrift," pp. 91-103, originally published in Diakonoff, I. M. (ed.), Peredneaziatskii Sbornik II: Deshifrovka i Interpretatsiia Pis'mennostei Drevnego Vostoka. Moskva 1966, pp. 3-15 (Russian); pp. 161-165 (English).
  2. "Formale Besonderheiten der proto-sumerischen Texte," pp. 103-113, originally published in Vestnik Drevnei Istorii/Journal of Ancient History 119 (1972), рр. 124-131.
  3. "Die Zeichen É und LÍL in den proto-sumerischen Texten aus Djemdet-Nasr," pp. 114-115 originally published in Peredneaziatskii Sbornik III: Istorija I Philologija Stran Drevnego Vostoka/Western Asia Collection III: History and Philology of the Countries of the Ancient East Moskva, 1979, pp. 57- 59.
  4. "Die Deutung einiger Zeichen in proto-sumerischen Sklaven und Sklavinnenlisten," pp.116-123, originally published in Vestnik Drevnei Istorii/Journal of Ancient History 157 (1981), pp. 81-87.
Remarks

In 1938-1940 studied at the faculty of physics and mathematics of the Kiev State University. During World War II in 1942-1945 started to study at historical faculty of the Erevan Pedagogical College (Armenia). In 1945-1948 continued his studies at the historical faculty of the Leningrad State University. There he studied Assyriology under the guidance of Igor Mikhailovich Diakonoff. Vaiman graduated in 1949 and began to work at the Oriental Department of the State Hermitage Museum, where he conducted his research for his entire life. In 1965 Vaiman was awarded PhD for his book Sumero-Babylonian Mathematics of the Third to First Millennia BCE (1961). His major contribution was in two fields of Assyriology: cuneiform mathematics and the decipherment of the proto-Sumerian script.

Obituaries

P.M. Lerner, 2011: Vaiman, Aizik Abramovich: For his 90th birthday. Israel (in Russian).

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