Edward Ullendorff Medal
The Edward Ullendorff Medal is awarded annually for scholarly distinction and achievements in the field of Semitic languages and Ethiopian studies.
History of the prize
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.
a) 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 December 2021.
Professor Otto Jastrow for his leading scholarship in the field of Arabic and Neo-Aramaic spoken dialects.
Otto Jastrow pursued his studies at the universities of Saarbrücken, Tübingen and Istanbul, with Semitics, Arabic philology, Phonetics and General Linguistics as main subjects. He taught as professor at the universities of Heidelberg and Erlangen-Nürnberg and, after retiring from his German professorship, at Tallinn University, Estonia. Over many years he did fieldwork in the Middle East and collected extensive data (both written and tape-recorded) on Arabic and Neo-Aramaic dialects. Some of these varieties he discovered and/or described for the first time. He published five monographs on Neo-Aramaic dialects and an equal number on Arabic dialects.
Otto Jastrow is co-founder (1978) and co-editor of Zeitschrift für Arabische Linguistick (ZAL) and single editor of two monograph series, Semitica Viva and Semitica Viva - Series Diadactica, all published by Harrassowitz, Wiesbaden.
“The study of spoken Aramaic and Arabic dialects is not only a fascinating subject in itself but for scholars of Classical or Ancient Semitic it offers important insights into phonetics, phonology and the nature of diachronic change.”
– Professor Otto Jastrow, July 2020
2019 Professor Michael Knibb, King's College London
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