1925 - Harry St John Bridger Philby

Scope and Content

There is only one item in this series - a letter from John Pinches to The Secretary, Royal Asiatic Society, to inform that the Burton Memorial Medal is ready and waiting for the inscription with which it should be engraved. Dated 27 May 1925.

Administrative / Biographical History

Harry St John Bridger Philby, CIE (3 April 1885 – 30 September 1960) was a British Arabist, adviser, explorer, writer, and colonial office intelligence officer. He studied Oriental languages at the University of Cambridge, and was then posted to Lahore in the Punjab in 1908, acquiring fluency in Urdu, Punjabi, Baluchi, Persian, and eventually Arabic. He converted to Islam in 1930, and later became an adviser to Ibn Saud, and helping him to negotiate with the United Kingdom and the United States when petroleum was discovered in 1938. He was much involved in the politics of the Middle East as well as travelling and researching in the area.

Related Material

The Minutes of the Council Meeting may provide additional details of the award to Harry St. John Philby. The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society 1925 (3), pp. 597-603, provides details of the giving of the Burton Memorial Medal to Philby and the lecture which he provided.

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