Nicholas John Sims-Williams#

Nicholas John Sims-Williams
Email:ns5 'at'
Membership Number:3297
Membership type:ORDINARY
Main Country of Residence:UNITED KINGDOM

Present and Previous Positions
  • 2004-7, 2012- Research Professor of Iranian and Central Asian Studies, SOAS, University of London
  • 2008-11 Professorial Researcher, SOAS, University of London
  • 1994 Professor of Iranian and Central Asian Studies, SOAS, University of London
  • 1989 Reader in Iranian Studies, SOAS, University of London
  • 1976 Lecturer in Iranian Languages, SOAS, University of London
  • 1975 Research Fellow, Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge

Fields of Scholarship
  • Iranian studies
  • Sogdian language
  • Bactrian language
  • Ancient Central Asia
  • Central Asiatic languages
  • Central Asiatic scripts
  • Philology and textology
  • Palaeography and decipherment
  • Christianity in Central Asia
  • Manichaeism in Central Asia

Honours and Awards
  • 2011 Honorary Member, American Oriental Society
  • 2010 Chairman, The Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge
  • 2010 Vice-President, Union Académique Internationale, Brussels
  • 2010 Senior Fellow, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York
  • 2009 "Book of the Year Prize" of the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • 2009 "Exegisti Monumenta. Festschrift in Honour of Nicholas Sims-Williams", Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 596 pp.
  • 2003 President of the Philological Society
  • 2002 Associé Étranger of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres, Institut de France
  • 2002 Chairman of the Corpus Inscriptionum Iranicarum
  • 2002 Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship
  • 2001 Visiting Professor, University of Rome “La Sapienza”
  • 2000 Ehsan Yarshater Distinguished Lectures on Iranian Studies, Harvard University
  • 1999 Visiting Professor, Collège de France
  • 1998 Visiting Professor, Macquarie University, Sydney
  • 1997 Hirayama prize for Silk Road Studies
  • 1992 British Academy Research Readership
  • 1990 Corresponding Member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences
  • 1989 Corresponding Member of the Istituto Italiano per il Medio ed Estremo Oriente
  • 1988 Fellow of the British Academy
  • 1988 Prix Ghirshman, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres

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