The J. Paul Getty Trust has appointed Michael Ester as director of the Getty Art History Information Program, concluding a long search for a person with an unusual combination of skills.
Ester, currently information systems manager at URS Berger, an environmental research firm in San Bernardino, won the appointment through his training and experience in computer technology, archeology and art history.
When he assumes his new post on Tuesday, Ester will be charged with administering the development of computerized research in bibliography, biography and information about artworks. He will also guide the Getty's operation of such scholarly resource projects as the International Repertory of the Literature of Art, the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, the Provenance Index and the Art and Architecture Thesaurus.
Ester majored in mathematics and anthropology at George Washington University, graduating in 1970, then received doctorates in both mathematics and archeology from Brandeis in 1976.