A British scholar of Orthodoxy and the Eastern churches. He obtained his doctorate at Cambridge University in 1933. From 1946 on, he lived in Egypt, serving first as senior lecturer in classics at the University of Alexandria and then, for over twenty years until his death, as professor at the Coptic CLERICAL COLLEGE in and librarian of the SOCIETY FOR COPTIC ARCHAEOLOGY. During that period he concentrated on and produced abundantly in the field of Coptology. He authored books and articles in the fields of liturgy and Coptic history.

Apart from articles, his most important works are: Le Lectionnaire de la Semaine Sainte, in PO 24-25, Paris, 1933 and 1939; “ of the Coptic Church,” Orientalia Christiana Periodica 3 (1937):78- 109, 505-549); A Guide to the Monasteries of the Wadi `n Natrun (Cairo, 1954); “The Coptic-Greek- Holy Week Lectionary of Scetis,” de la d’archéologie copte 16 (1962):83- 137); The Rite of Consecration of the Patriarch of Alexandria, text according to MS 253 Lit.-Coptic Museum, Cairo, 1960; The Egyptian or Coptic Church: A Detailed Description of Her Services and the Rites and Observed in the Administration of Her Sacraments, Cairo, 1967.

A more complete of Burmester has been compiled by O. Meinardus in de la d’archéologie copte 23 (1976-1978):235-44.

  • “In Memoriam,” articles by M. B. Ghali, L. H. Rasch, O. Meinardus, and I. Ebeid. de la d’Archéologie copte 23 (1976-1978):1-2, 3-4, 309-310, 311-13. “In Memoriam.” Le Monde Copte 10 (1983):56-57.
  • Meinardus, O. F. A. “ of Prof. Dr. O. H. E. Burmester.” de la d’Archéologie copte 23 (1976-1978):235- 44.