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Edward Ullendorff

Edward Ullendorff
Born 25 January 1920
Died 6 March 2011
Occupation scholar, historian
Alma mater Graues Kloster
Hebrew University
University of Oxford
Notable works The Ethiopians: An Introduction to Country and People (1966)

Edward Ullendorff FBA (25 January 1920 – 6 March 2011[3]) was a British scholar and historian. He was a prominent figure in Ethiopian Studies and also contributed work on the Semitic languages more generally.


Ullendorff was educated at the Graues Kloster in Berlin, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the University of Oxford.

From 1964-79, Ullendorff was professor Ethiopic at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and then professor Semitic Studies from 1979-82.[4] Previously he was first lecturer and then Reader in Semitic Languages at the University of St. Andrews (1950-59), Professor of Semitic Languages at the University of Manchester (1959-64). Prior to his death in 2011, Ullendorff was Professor Emeritus at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, where he was Professor of Ethiopian Studies and then of Semitic Languages. In 1971, Ullendorff served as president of the Society for Old Testament Study.[4]


The British Academy has established the "Edward Ullendorf Medal", so that beginning in 2012 it is "awarded annually for scholarly distinction and achievements in the field of Semitic Languages and Ethiopian Studies."[5]


See also


  1. ^ "Edward Ullendorff obituary - The Guardian". The Guardian. London. 19 May 2011. 
  2. ^ "Obituary: Edward Ullendorff, 1920-2011 - Bulletin of the SOAS". Bulletin of the SOAS. Cambridge. October 2011. 
  3. ^ "Professor Edward Ullendorff - Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph. London. April 17, 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Appleyard, David L. (2011-10-01). "Edward Ullendorff, 1920–2011". Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies. 74 (3): 463–468. ISSN 1474-0699. doi:10.1017/S0041977X11000784. 
  5. ^ Ullendorf Medal


  • Who's Who 2007
  • Simon Hopkins, "Bibliography of the Writings of Professor Edward Ullendorff", in: Journal of Semitic Studies XXXIV/2 (1989), pp. 253–289.
  • Dina Ullendorff, "Bibliography of the Writings of Professor Edward Ullendorff (1988-99)", in: Journal of Semitic Studies XLV/1 (2000), pp. 131–136.
  • Northeast African Studies. Vol. 12, No. 1, 2012, pp. 309–310. Image of Ullendorf.