LABIB HABACHI (1906-1984)
A renowned Egyptologist, he was born in Mansura where he was educated at the Coptic School. He studied Egyptology at Fouad I (later Cairo) University. In 1927, he visited the monasteries of Wadi al-Natrun, the Monastery of St. Antony, and the Monastery of St. Paul, and published, with Zaki Tawadrus, a book on these monasteries (in Arabic) in 1929. In 1930, he was appointed as an inspector in the Egyptian Antiquities Service, where he pursued his career and was promoted to subdirector of fieldwork and excavations in 1958. In 1960, he resigned from the Antiquities Service and was appointed archaeological consultant of the Nubian expedition of the Chicago Oriental Institute.
Habachi published more than 170 articles and books related to the ancient Egyptian monuments and civilization. He was chosen a member of a number of significant archaeological institutions, such as the German Archaeological Institute. He was awarded a number of prizes from Egypt, European countries, and the United States. He was a member of the board of the Society of Coptic Archaeology and was elected permanent honorary president of the International Association for Coptic Studies in 1978. He was one of the consultants of the Coptic Encyclopedia.