1932 - Sir Aurel Stein

Scope and Content

The material in this series includes correspondence regarding the conferment of the medal, regarding the purchasing and making of the medal, with Aurel Stein, with press agencies, an invitation to the occasion of the presentation of the medal, and press cuttings regarding the event.

Administrative / Biographical History

Aurel Stein was born in Budapest in 1862. He studied at the Universities of Vienna, Leipzig and Tübingen, graduating in Sanskrit and Persian and receiving his Ph.D. from Tübingen in 1883. Stein came to England in 1884 to continue his studies and became a British citizen in 1904. Stein made four major expeditions to Central Asia to study its archaeology and published books about these expeditions. He brought back many artefacts to Britain. He died in Kabul in 1943 and is buried there.


Sub-series were created to reflect the different material:

  • RAS TGM/13/1 - Correspondence regarding conferment of the Medal
  • RAS TGM/13/2 - Correspondence regarding purchase of the Medal
  • RAS TGM/13/3 - Correspondence with Aurel Stein
  • RAS TGM/13/4 - Correspondence with Press Agencies
  • RAS TGM/13/5 - Presentation Invitation
  • RAS TGM/13/6 - Newspaper cuttings

Related Material

The Council Minutes for 14 January 1932 record that the President nominated Sir E. Denison Ross, Sir J.H. Stewart Lockhart, and Mrs Oldham as the Committee for the Gold Medal, and this was again recorded in the Minutes for 11 February 1932. In the Minutes for 10 March 1932, it was recorded that it was unanimously agreed that the Medal should be offered to Aurel Stein, and also that Mr Pinches estimate for 22ct medal at £32 be accepted.

In the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 1932 (3), pp. 751-766 there is a report of the Presentation of the Triennial Gold Medal to Sir Aurel Stein.

Within the RAS Collections there is a small archive of the Personal Papers of Aurel Stein. These are catalogued on to Archives Hub . There are also a large collection of Stein photographs, details of which can be found on the Library Catalogue.