1925 – Rev. A.H. Sayce

Scope and Content

There is no archival material in this series. Please see Related Material for details concerning the conferment of the Medal.

Administrative / Biographical History

Archibald Henry Sayce was born in Bristol in 1845. He was privately tutored before attending Queen's College, Oxford, becoming a fellow in 1869. His interests were in Assyriology and he became a pioneer in its studies, publishing many articles and undertaking translations of cuneiform inscriptions. Sayce held a chair as Professor of Assyriology at the University of Oxford from 1891 to 1919.

Related Material

In the Council Minutes for 10 February 1925, it was recorded that Dr A.E. Cowley, Dr R.A. Nicholson and Dr F.W. Thomas were nominated and accepted as the members of the Gold Medal Committee. In the Minutes for 10 March 1925, the Medal Committee, unanimously recommended Rev. A.H. Sayce for his important contribution to cuneiform studies. This was accepted by the Council. In the Minutes for 21 April 1925, it was agreed to present the Gold Medal at the Anniversary Meeting on 12 May.

In the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 1925 (3), p. 588-595, there is a report on the Presentation of the Triennial Gold Medal as part of the Anniversary Meeting of the Society.