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Samual Noah Kramer, Russian curator.


Kramer, Samual Noah was born on September 28, 1897 in Russia. Came to the United States, 1906, naturalized, 1919. Son of Benjamin and Yetta (Weinstein Kramer.


Student, School Pedagogy, 1917. Bachelor of Science, Temple University, 1921. Postgraduate, Dropsie College, 1927.

Doctor of Philosophy, University Pennsylvania, 1929.


Teacher public, private schools, 1919-1929. Member excavating expeditions University Pennsylvania, Billah, Gawra, also Fara, Iraq, 1930-1931. Research assistant specializing Sumerian language Oriental Institute University Chicago, 1932-1935, research associate, 1936-1942.

Guggenheim fellow copied Sumerian literature tablets Museum Ancient Orient, Istanbul, Turkey, 1937-1939. Student, copier of Sumerian literature tablets Museum University Pennsylvania, 1939-1990, research associate, 1942-1943, associate curator, 1943-1949, curator tablet collections, Clark research professor Assyriology, 195-68, emeritus, 1968-1969. Annual professor American Schools Oriental Research, travel to Istanbul, Bagdad, Iraq, for archeological epigraphic research, 1946-1947.

Fulbright research professor, Turkey, 1951-1952. Exchange professor to Soviet Union, 1957. Professor Sorbonne, Paris, 1970-1971.


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    • Author: Gilgamesh and the Huluppu Tree, 1938, Lamentation Over the Destruction of Ur, 194, {with C.J. Gadd} Ur: Literary and Religious Texts, part one, 1963, part two, 1966. Editor: Sumerian Epics and Myths, and Sumerian Texts of Varied Contents, 1934, The Sumerian Mythology: A Study of Spiritual and Literary Achievement in the Third Millenium B.C.: Sumerian Literary Texts from Nippur, 1944, Biblical Parallels from Sumerian Literature, 1954, many more. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Member American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society {John Frederick Lewis prize}, American Oriental Society, Am Anthropological Association American Association for the Advancement of Science, Archeological Institute American, Society Biblical Literature, Academy of Sciences in Finland, Academie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres of Instit de France, British Academy, Oriental Club {Philadelphia}.


Married Mildred Tokarsky, October 9, 1933. Children: Daniel, Judith.

Benjamin Kramer

Yetta (Weinstein Kramer

Mildred Tokarsky

Daniel Kramer

Judith Kramer