Thureau-Dangin was chief curator at the Louvre from 1895 to 1928 and a leading expert on Babylonian cuneiform texts. After Jules Oppert used the term Sumerian as early as 1869 , there was no real evidence of the existence of a pre-Akkadian people in Mesopotamia , despite some evidence . The finds of bilingual texts in Nineveh and the finds from the excavations of Ernest de Sarzec and Léon Heuzey in Girsu , the residence of the ruler of the Sumerian state Lagaš , brought more and more evidence of a Sumerian language to light. 20 years after naming the language and culture as Sumerian , the term caught on. However, it was only with the publication of the Sumerian translations by Thureau-Dangin in 1907 in The Sumerian and Akkadian King's Inscriptions that the language became scientifically developed. He carried out excavations in Til Barsip and Arslan Taş . Together with Georges Dossin , Thureau-Dangin founded the Rencontres Assyriologiques Internationales , an association of ancient orientalists that often organizes international events. He was a member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres and since 1938 a corresponding member of the British Academy .
- The Sumerian and Akkadian royal inscriptions , Hinrichs, Leipzig 1907 (Vorderasiatische Bibliothek, vol. 1, section 1; reprint 1972).
- Rituals accadiens . Leroux, Paris 1921 (reprint Zeller, Osnabrück 1975, ISBN 3-535-01494-8 ) digitized
- Textes mathématiques Babyloniens . Brll, Leiden 1938.
- Joseph W. Dauben , Christoph J. Scriba (Ed.): Writing the history of mathematics. Its historical development . Birkhäuser, Basel et al. 2002, ISBN 3-7643-6167-0 , ( Science networks 27).
- Fellows: Thureau-Dangin. British Academy, accessed August 7, 2020 .
|ALTERNATIVE NAMES||Thureau-Dangin, Jean Geneviève François (full name)|
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||French ancient orientalist and mathematician|
|DATE OF BIRTH||January 3, 1872|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Paris|
|DATE OF DEATH||January 24, 1944|
|Place of death||Paris|