There were no entrants for the 1952-1953 Essay prize. See Related Material for further details. The 1953-1954 prize was won by Simon Everard Digby. The archival material consists of two copies of the printed notification of the "Royal Asiatic Society's Universities Prize Essay Competition" stating the titles of the essay, the possibility of entering an essay on an Oriental subject of the entrant's own choice. and the basic rules of the competition. Printed material, 2 copies, dated 1 September 1953.
1953 -1954 - Simon Everard Digby
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- ReferenceGB 891 RAS UPE/17
- Dates of Creation1953
- Name of Creator
- Language of MaterialEnglish
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Administrative / Biographical History
Simon Everard Digby was a student of Trinity College, Cambridge. He continued to have a lifelong fascination with Asia and was an active member of the Royal Asiatic Society.
The Minutes of the Council Meeting for 12 June 1952 note that Professor Tritton and Dr. Basham were appointed as the Essay Committee. and those for 3 October 1952 record the essay titles chosen and approved. In the report of the Anniversary Meeting in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1953, p.184 it was reported that there were no competitors.
The Minutes of the Council Meeting for 11 June 1953 record the choice of essay title for that year and in the Minutes for 8 April 1954, it was noted that the Universities' Prize Essay had been awarded to Mr. S.E. Digby of Trinity College, Cambridge. In the report of the Anniversary Meeting in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1954, p.204, the subjects and the winner of the Essay prize were recorded.