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 for the Edward Ullendorff Medal are currently closed. Nominations will open again in Autumn 2020.

2019 winner

Professor Michael Knibb FBA for his significant contribution to the field of the Ethiopic Bible.

Michael Knibb FBA, winner of the 2019 Ullendorff Medal

Michael Knibb was educated in London, New York and Oxford and was appointed Lecturer in Old Testament Studies at King’s College London in 1964; he retired from King’s in 2001. His interest in the literature of the Second Temple period led to a particular concern with the Ethiopic Book of Enoch, and this led in turn to a concern with the Ethiopic Old Testament as a whole. He has published editions of the Ethiopic texts of Enoch (1978) and Ezekiel (2016). He gave the Schweich Lectures of the British Academy in 1995 on the theme Translating the Bible: The Ethiopic Version of the Old Testament.

"I knew Edward Ullendorff for over forty years as a teacher, mentor and friend, and I never ceased to learn from him. I feel extremely honoured to be awarded by the Academy this medal, which bears his name."

- Professor Michael Knibb FBA, August 2019

Previous winners

2018 Professor John Huehnergard, University of Texas at Austin
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

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