1965 – Professor G.H. Luce

Scope and Content

Within this series there is correspondence concerning the conferment of the Medal and its Presentation and allied lecture; correspondence concerning the procurement of the Medal; correspondence with media; an invitation card for the Presentation; and newspaper cuttings.

Administrative / Biographical History

Gordon Hannington Luce was born in Gloucester. He graduated from Emmanuel College, Cambridge, with a degree in Classics. In 1912 Luce was appointed Lecturer in English Literature at Government College, Rangoon, later a constituent college of the University of Rangoon. There he developed a lasting friendship with the young Pali scholar, Pe Maung Tin, and married his sister, Ma Tee Tee. During the Japanese invasion in 1942 Luce and his wife escaped into India. He returned to Rangoon after the war and remained there until 1964, when, like other foreigners, he was forced to leave the country. His final fifteen years were spent on Jersey. He published widely on subjects relating to Burma.


The Material was divided into sub-series thus:

  • RAS TGM/24/1 - Correspondence regarding conferment of the Medal
  • RAS TGM/24/2 - Correspondence regarding Purchase of the Medal
  • RAS TGM/24/3 - Correspondence with Media Organisations
  • RAS TGM/24/4 - Presentation Invitation
  • RAS TGM/24/5 - Newspaper Cuttings

Related Material

In the Council Minutes for 8th April 1965 it is recorded that a Committee was nominated for consideration of the Medal and in the Minutes for 10th June 1965 it is recorded that Professor G.H. Luce was awarded the Gold Medal. This was also recorded in the Report of the Anniversary General Meeting in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1966, p.167, with a report of the Presentation on pp. 174-5 of the same Journal.