Eckley Brinton Coxe, Jr. Professor and Curator of Egyptology
David Silverman joined Penn’s faculty in 1976. He received his undergraduate degree in art history from Rutgers University in 1966 and his Ph.D. in Near Eastern languages and civilizations from the University of Chicago in 1975.
Silverman has received many awards and distinctions, including grants from the National Foundation for the Humanities, Penn Research Foundation grants, and the Athenaeum Society of Philadelphia Literary Award. A prolific writer, Silverman has published many books, articles, and reviews, and he has presented his papers at professional meetings throughout the world. He has completed extensive fieldwork in Egypt and has served as a curator for many exhibits of Egypt and the ancient world for major museums in the United States.
About the Donor
The Penn Museum established these two chairs to honor the legacy and contributions of Robert H. Dyson, Jr. and Eckley Brinton Coxe, Jr. Dyson, a noted archaeologist, teacher, and administrator served Penn for over forty years, including a twelve-year term as director of the Penn Museum.