UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies


Dr Ilana Wartenberg




  • Senior Research Associate
    Dept of Hebrew & Jewish Studies
    Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL



Award yearQualification Institution
Doctor of Philosophy
History of Science
Tel-Aviv University
Master of Science
Applied Mathematics
Tel-Aviv University
Master of Arts
Tel-Aviv University
Bachelor of Science
Pure Mathematics
Tel-Aviv University


Dr Ilana Wartenberg received her B.Sc. in pure mathematics (1995), M.A. in general linguistics (1997) and M.Sc. in applied mathematics (1998, cum laude) from Tel Aviv University. Her Ph.D. in history of science was a joint doctorate between Tel-Aviv University and Université de Paris VII (2007, mention très honorable à l’unanimité du jury). In her dissertation, she studied the first known Hebrew treatise on algebra, The Epistle of the Number, from late 14th century, written by Isaac ben Solomon Ibn al-Ahdab in Syracuse, Sicily. 


Dr Wartenberg taught courses in modern mathematics to B.A., M.B.A. and M.A. students at Tel-Aviv University, the Hebrew University and the Open University in Israel. She also worked as a linguist in the Israeli Hi-Tech company Comverse, programming dialogues between Man and Machine in Hebrew, Arabic, German, French, and Italian.


Between October 2008 and May 2013 Dr Wartenberg was a post-doctoral research associate at UCL, part of the AHRC-funded research project on monographs on the Jewish calendar in the 12th century, directed by Professor Sacha Stern. She worked on the calendrical treatise by Jacob bar Samson, and together with Dr Istael Sandman, she worked on the calendrical book by Abraham bar Hayya. 



Since May 2013 Dr Wartenberg has been part of the ERC-funded research project on time and calendars in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, d

irected by Professor Sacha Stern

. Together with Dr Israel Sandman she is working on Isaac Israeli's Yesod Olam, The Foundation of the World, a seminal scientific treatise from 14-century Toledo. She analyzes its scientific contents and terminology, and their contribution to the history of Hebrew science, the transmission of Arabic science into Hebrew, and the history of Hebrew as a language of science.