Dr. Melville completed his undergraduate work in London, England and earned a Ph.D. in mathematics from Yale University. His early interest in Lie algebras, quantum groups and exotic representations has been followed by a burgeoning interest in the history of mathematics, especially the mathematics of Mesopotamia. He is currently working to understand some representations of Kac-Moody superalgebras on the one hand, and exactly how certain types of Old Babylonian mathematical texts and tablets were used on the other. He is also the Abstracts Editor for Historia Mathematica.
Dr. Melville has taught mathematics for over twenty years. He is the Martha E. '62 and Gregg E. Peterson Professor of Mathematics.