Ralph Pinder-Wilson (Biographical details)

Ralph Pinder-Wilson (curator; academic/intellectual; British; Male; 17 January 1919 - 6 October 2008)

Also known as

Pinder-Wilson, Ralph Hutchinson


Islamic art historian. Graduated from Christ Church Oxford; joined the Indian Army where he learnt Persian; then appointed curator in the Department of Oriental Antiquities at The British Museum (1948), later made Deputy Keeper in the same department (1969-1976); left to become Director of the British Institute of Afghan Studies in Kabul (1976-82). Held a Fellowship at All Souls Oxford (1967-68); excavated at Harran (1959) and Fustat.


Warwick Ball and Leonard Harrow, eds. 'Cairo to Kabul: Afghan and Islamic Studies presented to Ralph Pinder-Wilson', London: Melisende, 2002; obituary in 'The Times' 10 November 2008 (reproduced in the Bulletin of The Society for Arabian Studies 14 (2009), pp.60-61).

David Whitehouse, "Ralph H. Pinder-Wilson (1919–2008)", Journal of Glass Studies Vol. 51 (2009), p. 257. http://www.jstor.org/stable/24191258