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Dr. Bob Brier is recognized as one of the world's foremost experts on mummies. As Senior Research Fellow with Long Island University/LIU Post in Brookville, New York, he has conducted pioneering research in mummification practices and has investigated some of the world’s most famous mummies, including King Tut, Vladimir Lenin, Ramses the Great, Eva Peron (Evita), Marquise Tai (Chinese noblewoman), and the Medici family of Renaissance Italy.

He has worked in pyramids and tombs in 15 countries and is the host of award-winning television specials for TLC, including the blockbuster series "Pyramids, Mummies & Tombs" and "Mummy Detective." In 2004, TLC aired his research on the Three Wise Men, the Medici dynasty and Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses III. His latest book, “The Secret of the Great Pyramid,” was published in September 2008.

Affectionately known as “Mr. Mummy,” Dr. Brier was the first person in 2,000 years to mummify a human cadaver using the exact techniques of the ancient Egyptians. In 1996, his research and subsequent book, "The Murder of Tutankhamen," presented his theory that King Tut, the boy king, was murdered in 1336 B.C. by his Prime Minister named Aye.

Dr. Brier earned his bachelor’s degree from Hunter College of the City University of New York and his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of several scholarly books, including "The Daily Life of The Ancient Egyptians," "The Murder of Tutankhamen," "Egyptian Mummies: Unraveling the Secrets of an Ancient Art," "Ancient Egyptian Magic" and "Encyclopedia of Mummies." Dr. Brier’s research has been featured on CNN, 60 Minutes and 20/20 and in The New York Times and Archaeology Magazine.

He taught philosophy and Egyptology at LIU Post for 33 years before being appointed Senior Research Fellow in 2004.

Education
Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1970)

Vocation

  • Senior Research Fellow, Long Island University/LIU Post, 2003­-present
  • Professor of Philosophy, 1974-2003; Chairman, Department of Philosophy, 1980-1996, LIU Post
  • Research Fellow, Institute for Parapsychology (formerly Duke University Parapsychology Laboratory), Durham, N.C., 1966-70

Exhibition Catalogs

  • Napoleon in Egypt catalog for the Robert Hull Fleming Museum, University of Vermont, 1988
  • Napoleon in Egypt catalog for the Hillwood Art Museum, Long Island University, 1990
  • Egyptomania catalog for the Hillwood Art Museum, Long Island University, 1992

Awards/Recognition

  • Fulbright Fellowship to Turkey 1985
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow, Islamic Science, Columbia University, 1986
  • David Newton Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1988
  • Director, National Endowment for the Humanities "Egyptology Today" Program, 1992-94
  • TASA Award for Lifetime of Scholarship, 2002
  • Emmy Nomination, Best TV Documentary, Murder of Tutankhamen, 1997
  • Charles Eliot Norton Memorial Lectureship, Archaeological Institute of America, 2011

Published Work

  • Secret of the Great Pyramid (2008)
  • Daily Life in Ancient Egypt (1999)
  • The Murder of Tutankhamen (1998)
  • The Encyclopedia of Mummies (1997)
  • Egyptian Mummies (1994)
  • Permutations: Readings in Science and Literature (1985)
  • Ancient Egyptian Magic (1980)
  • Precognition and the Philosophy of Science (1974)
  • "Immunological identification of Plasmodium falciparum and Leishmania infantum in the skeletal remains of the Medici family," Proceedings of the XVIII Congress of Itlaian Anthropological Association, 2009
  • "Return to the Great Pyramid," Archaeology Magazine, 2009
  • "How to Build a Pyramid," Archaeology Magazine, 2007
  • "The Mummy of Unknown Man E: A Preliminary Examination," Bulletin of the Egyptian Museum, 2006

Film

  • The Great Egyptians, six-part series, TLC, 1997
  • Napoleon's Obsession: The Quest for Egypt, TLC, 2000
  • Unwrapped, The Mysterious World of Mummies, three-part series, TLC, 2000
  • Pyramids, Tombs and Mummies, three-part series, TLC, 2004
  • Mummy Detective, three-part series, TLC, 2004
  • Mummies—Secrets of the Pharaohs, IMAX, 2006
  • Secret of the Great Pyramid, National Geographic, 2008

Professional Organizations

  • Explorer's Club
  • Egypt Exploration Society
  • American Research Center in Egypt
  • The Sudan Archaeological Research Society
  • New York Egyptological Society
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Paleopathology Association
  • Sigma XI, Scientific Research Society
  • Listed in American Men and Women of Science

Fun Facts
Dr. Brier has investigated some of the world's most famous mummies including King Tut, Vladimir Lenin, Ramses the Great, Eva Peron (Evita), Marquise Tai (Chinese noblewoman) and the Medici family of Renaissance Italy. Known as Mr. Mummy, Dr. Brier was the first person in 2,000 years to mummify a human cadaver using the exact techniques of the ancient Egyptians. His research has been featured in such media venues as CNN, 60 Minutes, TV Guide and Archaeology Magazine.