Harold Idris Bell (1879-1967)


An english pioneer of papyrology. He entered the Department of Manuscripts of the British Museum in 1903 and retired in 1944 as keeper of the department. He was a member of many learned societies and academies and a fellow of the British Academy and its president from 1946 to 1950. He published numerous Greek and some Coptic papyri and wrote many important articles about Egypt. His bibliography, compiled by J. David Thomas, is in Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 40, 1954, pp. 3-6, and 53, 1967, pp. 139-40.


  • Skeat, T.-C. “Sir Harold Idris Bell.” Journal of Egyptian Archaeology 53 (1967):131-39.


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