Edward Ullendorff FBA (25 January 1920 – 6 March 2011) was a British scholar and historian. He was a prominent figure in Ethiopian Studies and also contributed work on the Semitic languages more generally.
|Born||25 January 1920|
|Died||6 March 2011|
|Alma mater||Graues Kloster |
University of Oxford
|Notable works||The Ethiopians: An Introduction to Country and People (1966)|
Ullendorff was first lecturer, and then Reader, in Semitic Languages at the University of St. Andrews (1950–59), Professor of Semitic Languages at the University of Manchester (1959–64). From 1964-79, he was professor Ethiopic at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and then professor Semitic Studies from 1979-82. Prior to his death in 2011, Ullendorff was Professor Emeritus at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.
In 1971, Ullendorff served as president of the Society for Old Testament Study.
Ullendorff married Dina Noack in 1943. She provided lifelong support for his academic research and translated Melanie Oppenhejm's 'Theresienstadt' under her own name. Dina Ullendorff died in 2019.
The British Academy has established the "Edward Ullendorf Medal", so that beginning in 2012 it is "awarded annually for scholarly distinction and achievements in the field of Semitic Languages and Ethiopian Studies."
- Exploration and Study of Abyssinia. A brief survey
- The Semitic Languages of Ethiopia. A Comparative Phonology (1955)
- An Amharic Chrestomathy (1965)
- The challenge of Amharic (1965) An inaugural lecture delivered on 28 October 1964
- The Ethiopians: An Introduction to Country and People (1966)
- Ethiopia and the Bible (1968) Schweich Lectures of The British Academy (1967)
- Some early Amharic letters. Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 35.2:229-270. (1972)
- Is Biblical Hebrew a Language? Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies 34.2:241-255 (1971)
- Autobiography of Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia (1978), translator
- The Amharic Letters of Emperor Theodore of Ethiopia to Queen Victoria and Her Special Envoy (1979), with David L. Appleyard, Girma-Selassie Asfaw
- The Hebrew Letters of Prester John (1982), with C. F. Beckingham.
- A Tigrinya Chrestomathy (1985)
- The Two Zions : Reminiscences of Jerusalem and Ethiopia (1989)
- From Emperor Haile Selassie to H. J. Polotsky Collected Papers IV: An Ethiopian and Semitic Miscellany
- From the Bible to Enrico Cerulli A Miscellany of Ethiopian and Semitic Papers
- Hebraic- Jewish Elements in Abyssinian (Monophysite) Christianity (1956)
- "Edward Ullendorff obituary - The Guardian". The Guardian. London. 19 May 2011.
- "Obituary: Edward Ullendorff, 1920-2011 - Bulletin of the SOAS". Bulletin of the SOAS. Cambridge. October 2011.
- "Professor Edward Ullendorff - Telegraph". The Daily Telegraph. London. April 17, 2011.
- Appleyard, David L. (2011-10-01). "Edward Ullendorff, 1920–2011". Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies. 74 (3): 463–468. doi:10.1017/S0041977X11000784. ISSN 1474-0699.
- Ullendorf Medal
- Who's Who 2007
- Simon Hopkins, "Bibliography of the Writings of Professor Edward Ullendorff", in: Journal of Semitic Studies XXXIV/2 (1989), pp. 253–289.
- Dina Ullendorff, "Bibliography of the Writings of Professor Edward Ullendorff (1988-99)", in: Journal of Semitic Studies XLV/1 (2000), pp. 131–136.
- Northeast African Studies. Vol. 12, No. 1, 2012, pp. 309–310. Image of Ullendorf.