Richard B. Parkinson

Richard Bruce Parkinson (born 25 May 1963) is a British academic. He is Professor of Egyptology at the University of Oxford and a fellow of The Queen's College, Oxford. He is also a curator in the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, British Museum.

Early life

Parkinson was born on 25 May 1963.[1] He was a student at The Queen's College, University of Oxford. In 1985, he graduated Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Oriental Studies (Egyptology with Coptic).[1] He then undertook research for his Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) thesis. It was a commentary on The Tale of the Eloquent Peasant and was submitted in 1988.[2]


Parkinson was a Teaching Fellow at the Oriental Institute, University ofOxford from 1988 to 1989. From 1989 to 1991, he worked at the Department of Egyptian Antiquities, British Museum as a Special Assistant in epigraphy.[1] He then became the Lady Wallis Budge Junior Research Fellow in Egyptology at University College, Oxford.[3]

In 1991, he became a curator of the British Museum as Assistant Keeper of Ancient Egyptian pharaonic culture.[4] He is responsible for the maintenance and publication of ancient papyri written in Egyptian hieroglyphs and cursive hieratic, as well as inscribed material such as the Rosetta stone. He is the supervisor of archived material, collections, and epigraphy, and is the curator of the Nebamun wall-paintings.[4]

From 1993 to 1998, he was editor of the Journal of Egyptian Archaeology.[1] He is a visiting lecturer of the University of Göttingen and University of Cologne.[4] On 1 October 2013, he was appointed Professor of Egyptology in the Faculty of Oriental Studies, University of Oxford. Currently part time, he will take on the position full time in January 2014.[5]

Parkinson's main area of research is Ancient Egyptian literature.[4] As well as academic monographs and articles, he has written popular books on Egyptology. In 2004 he collaborated in a translation of Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Peter Rabbit into hieroglyphs.[6]


Parkinson was awarded an honorary doctorate from the New Bulgarian University, Sofia in 2006 for his contributions to Egyptology.[4][7]



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