HENRY FRANCIS HERBERT THOMPSON (1859-1944)

An English and demotic scholar. He took up at the age of forty under the influence of Flinders Petrie, and studied at University College, Cambridge. After training in Egyptology, he specialized in Coptic and demotic. He published many independent works and assisted W. E. Crum in the completion of his Coptic dictionary.

He was a generous supporter of archaeology as well and presented his library to the Egypt Exploration Fund in 1919. His Coptic and demotic works include The Demotic of London and Leiden (with F. L. Griffith, 3 vols., London, 1904-1909). He also contributed chapters to Petrie’s Gizeh and Rifeh and J. E. Quibell’s Monastery of ; by his will he founded a chair of at Cambridge.

  • Dawson, W. R., and E. P. Uphill. Who Was Who in Egyptology, pp. 286-87. London, 1972.
  • Kammerer, W., comp. A Coptic Bibliography. Ann Arbor, Mich., 1950; repr. New York, 1969.

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