W. Brent Seales

W. Brent Seales, Ph.D.

Professor and Principal Investigator

Dr. Seales has been teaching and mentoring students in computer science at the University of Kentucky since 1991. The focus of his research for the past 20 years has been on restoring and redeeming cultural and historical artifacts from the ravages of time. The challenge of rescuing texts that may be central to Biblical scholarship and the formation of the ancient world is a primary passion.

As a result of his innovations, Dr. Seales has become renowned by collectors and curators across the globe, earning a reputation as “the guy who can read the unreadable.” His breakthrough work on the scroll from En-Gedi received international recognition and was featured in Science Advances, the New York Times, Le Monde, and the Times of London.

Honors & Awards

  • SEC Faculty Achievement Award

  • Great Teacher Award, UK Alumni Association

  • Guest Lecturer, Friends of Herculaneum Societies: Oxford, England; Naples, Italy; and The Sorbonne, Paris

  • Visiting Scientist, Google France

  • Institut de France, Invited Lecturer (in French)