1928 – Professor D.S. Margoliouth

Scope and Content

Within this series are two letters, dating to 1980, concerning the giving of Margoliouth's Gold Medal to New College Oxford by his family. For further information about the conferment of the Medal please see Related Material.

Administrative / Biographical History

David Samuel Margoliouth was born in London in 1858. He was educated at Winchester and Oxford where he graduated with a Double First and a significant number of prizes. He was appointed to the Laudian Chair in Arabic, Oxford University, in 1889, a position he held until he retired, from ill health, in 1937. He wrote many works on the history of Islam and translated and edited Arabic poetry.

Related Material

In the Council Minutes for 14 February 1928 the Medal Committee of Dr Barnett, Sir Stewart Lockhart and Sir Denison Ross were approved by the Council. A report of the Committee's meeting on 28 February 1928 stated their unanimous selection of Professor Margoliouth and this was accepted by the Council in the meeting on 13 March 1928. In the Minutes for 3 April 1928, it was recorded that the Gold Medal would be presented at the Anniversary Meeting.

In the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 1928 (3), pp. 736-739, there is a report of the Triennial Gold Medal Presentation as part of the Society's Anniversary Meeting.