1968 – Sir Hamilton Gibb

Scope and Content

This series contains correspondence regarding the conferment of the Medal, correspondence regarding the purchase of the Medal; correspondence with media organisations; newspaper cuttings; and material concerning the death of Hamilton Gibb. See Related Material for further information

Administrative / Biographical History

Hamilton Alexander Rosskeen Gibb was born in Egypt in 1895. He returned to Scotland for his education and graduated from Edinburgh University. He studied Arabic at SOAS and proceeded to teach Arabic there, becoming a professor in 1930. In 1937 Gibb succeeded D. S. Margoliouth as Laudian Professor of Arabic with a Fellowship at St John's College, Oxford. In 1955, Gibb became the James Richard Jewett Professor of Arabic and University Professor at Harvard University.


The series was divided into sub-series thus:

  • RAS TGM/25/1 - Correspondence regarding the Conferment of the Medal
  • RAS TGM/25/2 - Correspondence regarding the purchase of the Medal
  • RAS TGM/25/3 - Correspondence with Media Organisations
  • RAS TGM/25/4 - Newspaper cuttings
  • RAS TGM/25/5 - Death of Sir Hamilton Gibb

Related Material

In the Council Minutes for 13 June 1968 it is recorded that the Selection Committee of the Director, the Honorary Secretary and Professor E. Ullendorff, was approved by the Council and in the Minutes of 10 October 1968, the selection of Sir Hamilton Gibb was approved and that the President would approach Sir Hamilton Gibb regarding accepting and presentation of the Medal. This was also recorded in the Report of the Anniversary General Meeting in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1969, p.199.