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UCL Historian Turns 100

1 December 2011

Drower/Birthday

On 8th December, Margaret S. (Peggy) Drower MBE and Fellow of UCL will be celebrating her 100th birthday. She studied Egyptology at UCL (diploma and BA) between 1932 and 1935 under Sir Flinders Petrie, the founder of Egyptian archaeology, and Margaret Murray (whose autobiography (1963) was entitled My First Hundred Years). Peggy was appointed Assistant Lecturer in the History Department in 1937 on the initiative of Professor Norman Baynes, who asked her to develop a course on the history of the pre-Hellenistic Near East. This established historical study and teaching from 3000 BC onwards as an essential and unique feature of UCL’s history department; her tradition has been carried on by her pupil and successor Professor Amélie Kuhrt (1979-2009), and today by Professor Karen Radner (2005-) and Dr. Caroline Waerzeggers (2010-). Peggy was Reader in the Department, in recognition of her wide-ranging research work, until her retirement in 1979. She then published the still definitive biography of Petrie (1985), combining work on it with presidency of the Egypt Exploration Society. She became a Fellow of UCL in 1986 and, in 1997, Visiting Professor in the Institute of Archaeology, whose students she had taught for many years before it joined UCL.

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