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Adolf Leo Oppenheim

Adolf Leo Oppenheim, Austrian educator, Assyriologist. Recipient Gordon Laing award University of Chicago Press, 1966. Fellow British Academy (correspondent).


  • Oppenheim, Adolf Leo was born on June 7, 1904 in Vienna, Austria. Son of Alfred and Johanna (Rotter) Oppenheim.

  • Education

    • Doctor of Philosophy, University Vienna, 1933.


    • Came to the United States, 1941. Naturalized, 1946. Lexicographical research work Assyriology, U. Vienna, College de France (Paris), 1938-1939. Member of staff Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, 1947-1973, professor Assyriology, editor-in-chief Assyrian Dictionary, also director Assyrian Dictionary project, 1954-1973, John A. Wilson Distinguished Service professor, 1969-1973.


    • Author: Untersuchungen zum babylonischen Mietrecht, 1936. Catalogue of the cuneiform tablets..in New York Public Library, 1948. The Interpretation of Dreams in the Ancient Near East, 1956 (French translation 1959).

      Ancient Mesopotamia, 1964 (French translation 1970). Letters from Mesopotamia, 1967. Glass and Glassmaking in Ancient Mesopotamia, 1970.


    Fellow British Academy (correspondent).


    • Married Elizabeth Munk, November 9, 1930.
    • father: Alfred Oppenheim
    • mother: Johanna (Rotter) Oppenheim
    • spouse: Elizabeth Munk
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    Born June 7, 1904
    Died July 21, 1974
    (aged 70)