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Edward Ullendorff Medal

The Edward Ullendorff Medal is awarded annually for scholarly distinction and achievements in the field of Semitic Languages and Ethiopian Studies.

This award commemorates Professor Edward Ullendorff (1920-2011) who was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1965. His widow has generously supported the establishment of a Medal in memory of her husband in view of his long association with the Academy, which he valued greatly. The Medal was first awarded in 2012.


Eligible nominations can be for any scholarly distinction and achievements in the field of Semitic Languages and Ethiopian Studies.

How to nominate

Nominations may only be made by Fellows of the British Academy. Nominations for 2019 have now closed. 

Nominating body: Africa, Asia and the Middle East Section

2018 Winner 

John Huehnergard John Huehnergard (Ph.D., Harvard University, 1979) is Professor Emeritus of Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Texas at Austin, and former Professor of Semitic Philology at Harvard University. His research focusses especially on the comparative and historical grammar of the Semitic languages, and on the historical grammar of individual ancient Semitic languages, such as Akkadian, Aramaic, Ethiopic, Hebrew, and Ugaritic. He is the author of Ugaritic Vocabulary in Syllabic Transcription, The Akkadian of Ugarit, A Grammar of Akkadian, and An Introduction to Ugaritic, as well as some 150 articles, notes, and reviews. He is also the co-editor of several other books (including, with N. Pat-El, the forthcoming new edition of The Semitic Languages) and served as co-editor of the series Harvard Semitic Studies, 1992–2017. Professor Huehnergard was presented with a Festschrift on the occasion of his 60th birthday in 2012, and was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by the University of Chicago in 2014. He served as President of the American Oriental Society in 2017–2018.

“I am deeply honoured to receive the Edward Ullendorff Medal, named for such a great scholar, from such an august institution”

Previous Winners

2017 Dr Veronika Six, University of Hamburg

2016  Dr Sebastian Brock FBA, University of Oxford

2015  Dr Siegbert Uhlig, University of Hamburg

2014  Professor David Appleyard, School of African and Oriental Studies

2013  Professor Getatchew Haile FBA, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library of Saint John's University, USA

2012  Professor Simon Hopkins FBA, Hebrew University, Jerusalem