Toby Wilkinson

Toby A. H. Wilkinson (born 1969) is an English Egyptologist and academic. He is the Head of the International Strategy Office at the University of Cambridge, a fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, and was previously a research fellow at Christ's College, Cambridge and Durham University. He was awarded the 2011 Hessell-Tiltman Prize.

Toby Wilkinson
Born1969 (age 4950)
Alma materDowning College (BA)
Christ's College (PhD)
AwardsHessell-Tiltman Prize (2011)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge (since 2011)

Early life

Wilkinson was born in 1969. He read Egyptology at Downing College, University of Cambridge.[1] He graduated with a first class Bachelor of Arts[2] and was awarded the Thomas Mulvey Egyptology Prize.[1] He completed his PhD at Christ's College, Cambridge in 1993.[3]

Academic career

Wilkinson's first academic position, from 1993 to 1997, was as Lady Wallis Budge Research Fellow in Egyptology at Christ's College, Cambridge. From 1997 to 1999, he was Leverhulme Special Research Fellow at the University of Durham.[3]

He has been a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge since 2003.[4] He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Egyptian History.[5] He is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology, University of Durham.[6] In July 2011, he became Head of the International Strategy Office at the University of Cambridge. In this position. he develops the University's international strategy and helps facilitate international collaborations.[7]


In 2011, Wilkinson won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize, awarded to the best work of non-fiction of historical content, for his book The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt: the History of a Civilisation from 3000 BC to Cleopatra.[8]

Selected works

  • State Formation in Egypt: Chronology and Society (1996), British Archaeological Reports (BAR) International
  • Early Dynastic Egypt (1999), Routledge
  • Royal Annals of Ancient Egypt: the Palermo Stone and Its Associated Fragments (2000), Kegan Paul
  • Genesis of the Pharaohs: Dramatic New Discoveries That Rewrite the Origins of Ancient Egypt (2003), Thames & Hudson
  • The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Ancient Egypt (2nd edition 2008), Thames & Hudson
  • Lives of the Ancient Egyptians: Pharaohs, Queens, Courtiers and Commoners (2007)
  • (ed) The Egyptian World (2009), Routledge
  • The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt (2010). Published by Bloomsbury (UK) on 2 August 2010 and by Random House (USA) on 15 March 2011


  1. "Toby Wilkinson Biography". BookBrowse. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  2. "Genesis of the Pharaohs: Dramatic New Discoveries That Rewrite the Origins of Ancient Egypt". Amazon. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  3. "Biography". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  4. "Master and Fellows". Clare College, Cambridge. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  5. "Toby Wilkinson". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  6. "Honorary Fellows". Durham University. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  7. "Dr Toby Wilkinson". The Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  8. "Hessell-Tiltman Prize". English PEN. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
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