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Presidents and Vice-Presidents

The President

Julian Horn-SmithProfessor Alan B Lloyd was Chairman of the Egypt Exploration Society from 1994 until 2007 and a Vice-President until his election as President at the AGM on 10 December 2011. He retired in 2006 from his post as Professor of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Swansea. He participated in EES excavations at North Saqqara in 1972–3 and with the Society’s Saqqara Epigraphic Survey which began work in 1976 on a series of Old Kingdom tombs in the Teti Pyramid Cemetery. Professor Lloyd is an authority on the writings of the historian Herodotus and has an extensive publication record. He has served as Editor of the EES Excavation Memoirs and edited the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology from 1979 to 1985.


Rosalie DavidProfessor Rosalie David has achieved world renown for her pioneering work in investigating mummies using non-destructive techniques. She is Emeritus Professor of Egyptology at The University of Manchester, and was formerly Director of the university’s KNH Centre for Biological and Forensic Studies in Egyptology.  Professor David was the former Keeper of Egyptology at the Manchester Museum, and is Director of the International Mummy Database and Director of the Schistosomiasis Investigation Project. Her research work into this disease, a scourge in the ancient as well as the modern world, was recognised recently with a prestigious award from the Anglo-French Medical Society. Professor David is the author of numerous books and articles on mummies and the religious practices of the ancient Egyptians, a presenter of TV and radio programmes, and an extremely popular lecturer all over the world.  Rosalie David was the first woman professor in Egyptology in Britain, and the first to receive an OBE in recognition of her services in Egyptology.

Martin DaviesMr Martin Davies is a retired solicitor. A member of the Society since 1962, he has actively pursued a lifetime’s interest in ancient Egypt. He served on the Society’s Committee for over twenty years and dealt with its affairs as honorary legal adviser. He acted similarly on the formation of the Sudan Archaeological Research Society. Martin is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and President of the Egypt Society of Bristol. He visits Egypt frequently and, as an accredited NADFAS lecturer, has given many talks on ancient Egypt, especially the history and rescue of the Nubian monuments, which he visited twice and photographed as far south as Semna in the early 1960s.

Professor Kenneth Kitchen is Personal and Brunner Professor Emeritus of Egyptology and Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Archaeology, Classics and Egyptology, University of Liverpool. He is one of the leading experts on the Egyptian New Kingdom and Third Intermediate Periods and has written over 250 books and journal articles on this and other subjects since the mid-1950s. His Ramesside Inscriptions series and seminal volume The Third Intermediate Period in Egypt are standard reference works known universally by the abbreviations KRI and TIP respectively and he has been described by The Times as “the very architect of Egyptian chronology”. Professor Kitchen joined the Society in 1950 and was the first to be interviewed for the EES Oral History of Egyptology Project.


Professor Geoffrey Martin is Edwards Professor of Egyptology Emeritus at University College London, and Fellow Commoner at Christ’s College, Cambridge University. For almost five decades he has been involved in archaeological and epigraphic missions in Egypt and The Sudan, most of which were sponsored by the Egypt Exploration Society and the National Museum of Antiquities, Leiden. He is currently Field Director of the Cambridge Expedition to the Valley of the Kings, which recently re-excavated, with interesting results, the tomb of Horemheb, one of Egypt’s most famous pharaohs. Author of numerous monographs and articles on Egyptology and other subjects, his most recent publication is a study of inscribed stelae from Abydos, which commemorate the courtiers and entourage of Egypt’s earliest kings, c.3000 BC. Currently he is preparing a revised version of his 1989 publication on the Saqqara tomb of Horemheb, then commander-in-chief of Tutankhamun prior to his becoming King Horemheb.


Harry SmithProfessor Harry S Smith first worked in Egypt with Professor Emery on the excavation of tomb 3505 at Saqqara. From 1959-65 he worked at Buhen Fortress and Qasr Ibrim and directed the Egyptian Nubian Survey and excavations at Kor with his wife, Hazel. In 1963 he became Petrie Museum Curator at University College London before being appointed to the Edwards Chair of Egyptology in 1970. From 1964-76 he worked at the Saqqara Sacred Animal Necropolis and from 1977-88 directed surveys and excavations at the Anubieion and Memphis. Since retiring from UCL in 1993 he has collaborated with Sue Davies on publishing the wonderful SAN site, objects and demotic documents.


Professor John Tait is also Edwards Professor of Egyptology Emeritus at UCL, having retired from his post in 2010. He served three three-year terms on the Society’s Committee from 1989, and was then Vice-Chairman from 2002–2005. He has assisted with the Society’s publications in various editorial roles from 1984 up to the present. In the 1970s, he joined several seasons of the EES excavations at North Saqqara, collaborating with Professor Harry Smith in work on Demotic papyri from the site. His research currently focuses on the role of writing and of literature in Egyptian society from the New Kingdom to Christian Egypt, and work in progress on publishing Demotic papyri includes further material from the Society’s work at North Saqqara.

The Cultural Counsellor at the Egyptian Embassy in London is ex-officio a Vice-President of the Society. The current Counsellor is Dr Nadia El Kholy


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