Amir Aczel Foundation

Supporting mathematics education and research in Cambodia

Amir D. Aczel Foundation for Research and Education in Science and Mathematics

The Amir D. Aczel Foundation supports science and mathematics education in Cambodia. The Foundation further seeks to raise awareness of Cambodia’s unique contributions to the history of mathematics in order to encourage pursuit of STEM education among young Cambodians.

News from the Amir D. Aczel Foundation….


The Amir D. Aczel Foundation is honored to be a co-sponsor of THE ZERO PROJECT–an online International Conference and Workshop on Zero that will also produce a book on invention and transmission of the numeral zero. Watch the opening presentation, with chair of the Zero Project, Eric Niehle; Marielies Schelhaas, Sec-Gen., Netherlands National Commission for UNESCO; Dr. Robert Kuhn, producer-host Closer to Truth; Prof. Sharda Handram, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam; Wende Wallert, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam; Dr. Miriam and Debra Aczel, Amir Aczel Foundation. Visit the ZerOrigIndia website to learn more about work on the search for the origins of zero and find links to the YouTube channel with all 25 talks. A monograph of presented works in currently being developed.

Expertise Center Launched

A memorandum of agreement to initiate an Expertise Center on Zero has just been signed. The purpose of the Expertise Center is to formalize research on the origins of zero.

Zero Project Participants

  1. Prof. Sharda Nandram, Vrije Universiteit, Faculty of Religion and Theology, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; coauthors: Ankur Joshi, Puneet Bindlish.
  2. Prof. Marcis Auzinsh, International Institute of Vedic Studies (IIVS), University of Latvia.
  3. Co-directors Ms. Debra Aczel and Dr. Miriam Aczel, Amir D. Aczel Foundation, USA/France.
  4. Dr Solang UK (ret.), translator of Find Zero, by the late-professor Amir Aczel.
  5. Prof. Andreas Nieder, Director, Institute of Neurobiology, University of Tübingen, Germany.
  6. Prof Brian Rotman, Ohio State University, USA – Semiotics, Cultural studies of mathematics.
  7. Professor Djamil Aïssani, University of Bejaïa, History of Arabic mathematics, Algeria.
  8. Prof Vong Sotheara, Royal University of Phnom Phen, History Faculty (Epigraphy), Cambodia.
  9. Prof M.N. Vahia, (formerly) Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, India.
  10. Prof Parthasarathi Mukhopadhyay, Department of Mathematics, RKMRC, Kolkata, India.
  11. Assoc. Prof. Amartya Kumar Dutta, of Mathematics, Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India.
  12. Prof Anupam Jain, Dean of Department of Mathematics, Government Degree College, Sanwer (Indore), India.
  13. Dr George Gheverghese Joseph, School of Mathematics, University of Manchester, UK.
  14. Dr T.S. Ravishankar, former Director, Archaeological Survey of India, Mysore.
  15. Dr Sisir Roy, T.V. Raman Chair Visiting Professor, National Institute of Advanced Studies, IISC Campus, Bangalore.
  16. Co-author/collaborator, Venkat Rayudu Posina, NIAS, Bengaluru, India.
  17. Dr Avinash Sathaye, Department of Mathematics, University of Kentucky, USA.
  18. Jonathan J. Crabtree, Historian of Mathematics, Melbourne, Australia.
  19. Dr Fabio Gironi, Humboldt Fellow, Potsdam University, Germany.
  20. Dr Joseph Biello, Professor of Mathematics, University of California at Davis, USA.
  21. Prof Manil Suri, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, UMBC, USA.
  22. Drs Erik Hoogcarspel, philosopher, the Netherlands.
  23. Dr Esther Lisa Tischman, University of Oregon, USA.
  24. Dr John Marmysz, College of Marin, California, USA.
  25. Assoc. Prof (ret.), Beatrice Lumpkin, Malcolm X College, Chicago City Colleges, USA.
  26. Assoc. Prof. Alexis Lavis, Philosophy & Cross Cultural Studies, Renmin University of China (RUC), Beijing.
  27. Dr Marina Ville, Université Paris-Est Créteil, Laboratoire d’Analyse et de Mathématiques Appliquées.
  28. Dr Bhaswati Bhattacharya, Fellow, University of Göttingen, Germany.
  29. Prof. Kaspars Klavins, International Institute of Indic Studies, University of Latvia.
  30. Dr Xiaohan Zhou, Institute for the History of Natural Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China.
  31. Dr Paul Ernest, Emeritus Professor, Exeter University, UK.
  32. Jonathan Cender, unaffiliated.
  33. Dr Esti Eisenmann, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.
  34. Prof. Jeffrey Oaks, University of Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.
  35. Emeritus Professor Johannes Bronkhorst, University of Lausanne, Switzerland.
  36. Professor Friedhelm Hoffmann, Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich (LMU), Germany.
  37. Prof. Jim Ritter, Historian of Science and Theoretical Physicist, Paris University (Saint-Denis).
  38. Prof. Ravi Prakash Arya, Maharshi Dayanand State University, Rohtak, Haryana.
  39. Drs Irma den Hertog, visual artist and art historian, The Hague, Netherlands.






Listen to Debra and Miriam Aczel interviewed by Richard Jacobs on the Genius Project Podcast!

Amir D. Aczel’s Family Talks about Finding Zero and the Amir D. Aczel Foundation for Research

Some  from the Symposium on Zero in Mathematics, held March 19-20, 2019, at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.


K-127–the ancient inscription of one of world’s oldest zeros–was inaugurated on March 18, 2019, at the National Museum of Cambodia at an event hosted by Cambodia’s Ministry of Culture. The event included a book launch of the Khmer edition of Aczel’s Finding Zero, translated by Dr. Solang Uk.

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