Rector Prof. Dr. Antonio Loprieno
Antonio Loprieno was born in Bari (Italy) in 1955. He attended secondary school at the European School in Brussels, where he obtained a Baccalauréat Européen in 1972. He then studied Egyptology, Linguistics, and Semitic Languages and Literatures at the University of Torino where he received his PhD and worked as an assistant. He was subsequently awarded a scholarship by the Alexander-von-Humboldt foundation and moved to the Georg-August University in Göttingen where he was awarded a German post-doctoral degree (Habilitation). Professor Loprieno taught at the University of Perugia from 1983 to 1986 and at the University of Göttingen from 1984 to 1987. He was appointed Extraordinary Professor of Hamito-semitic Languages at the University of Perugia in 1987, where he taught and undertook further research until 1989. He then served as Full Professor of Egyptology at the University of California, Los Angeles, from 1989 to 2000, where he was Head of the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Cultures. During this period, he served as a guest professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris, and the University of Heidelberg. Professor Loprieno is a member of the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen, the German Institute of Archaeology, and various other national and international academic associations.
Professor Loprieno has been Full Professor of Egyptology at the University of Basel since the year 2000. His main research areas include Near Eastern languages and Egyptian cultural history and religion. Prior to his appointment as Rector of the University of Basel, he served as Dean of Studies of the University’s Faculty of Humanities, as President of the Planning Committee, and as President of the Library Committee. He heads the Conference of Swiss University Rectors (CRUS).
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