1918 – V.A. Smith

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

Vincent Arthur Smith was born in Dublin in 1848. He passed the Indian Civil Services examinations in 1871 and was appointed to what would become the United Provinces in India. Between 1871–1900 he served in a variety of magisterial and executive positions including terms as district and sessions judge, eventually retiring as commissioner in July 1900. He published articles and books on the history of India, Indian numismatics and archaeology. By 1910 Smith was settled in Oxford where he joined St. John's College and was appointed a Curator of the Indian Institute. He died in Oxford in 1920.

Related Material

In the Council Minutes for 12 February 1918, it was reported that Lord Reay's letter of December 14th 1917 re nominating the Committee to award the Gold medal was read and awarded. In the Minutes for 9 April 1918 it was recorded that the medal would be awarded to Mr Vincent Smith.

In the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 1918 (3), pp. 653-660, within the report of the Anniversary meeting there are details of the awarding of the Gold Medal to Vincent Smith and his response upon receiving the Honour.