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.

Dr. Andrés Roemer to receive the inaugural Amir D. Aczel Foundation Prize!!

It is with great pleasure that the Amir D. Aczel Foundation for Research and Education in Science and Mathematics announces that Dr. Andrés Roemer is the recipient of the inaugural annual Amir D. Aczel Foundation Prize.
Dr. Roemer has been chosen for this honor for his contributions to global conversations on diverse subjects: science, art, economics, politics. His passion for challenging us to think in new ways and explore new ideas, to learn how to bridge differences through rigorous debate, to encourage us to rethink how we view ourselves and our world—in short, his tireless pursuit of knowledge and truth in all its forms epitomizes the core values of the Amir D. Aczel Foundation.

Upcoming Conference in Phnom Penh, March 18-20, 2019

The Amir D. Aczel Foundation is supporting the inaugural international conference on the “Role of Zero in Mathematics.” The 3-day conference is organised by the mathematics department  of the Royal University of Phnom Penh, in collaboration with the Cambodian Mathematical Society, Cambodian Ministry of Education, Sport and Youth, and the Cambodian Ministry of Culture and Arts.

Recent Projects

The Amir D. Aczel Foundation supported the installation in the National Museum of Cambodia of K-127–the ancient stele containing one of the world’s oldest known representations of zero discovered to date. The Conference on Zero in Mathematics will include the formal inauguration of the stele in its new exhibit. K-127 was rediscovered by Amir D. Aczel, after it was “lost” during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. His last book, Finding Zero, recounts his search for the origins of the numeral zero, ultimately leading him to Cambodia.


The National Museum, Phnom Penh, now home to K-127

The Amir D. Aczel Foundation for Research and Education in Science and Mathematics, Inc., is a tax exempt 501(c)(3) publicly funded charitable organization. We rely on your support to continue our mission.