Royal Society of NSW awards fellowship to leading Macquarie egyptologist

2 November 2015

Distinguished Professor Naguib Kanawati has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW. The award recognises the substantial contribution made by Professor Kanawati, in the field of Egyptology and his tireless efforts in promoting the study of Ancient Egypt in wider society.

A specialist on the Old Kingdom of Ancient Egypt, Professor Kanawati’s research is focused on tombs from the era, revealing new information that has changed the understanding of provincial affairs and key historical events that contributed, ultimately, to the collapse of the Old Kingdom.

He played an instrumental role in establishing the Australian Centre for Egyptology at Macquarie University and has brought Egyptology to a wider audience. Rundle Foundation for Egyptian Archaeology, set up in 1981, by Professor Kanawati offers lectures and workshops to Egyptology enthusiasts. He has produced many publications aimed at general public and scholars.

“This award is an important acknowledgment of Australia’s and Macquarie University’s great work in Egypt. I am thrilled not because this award glorifies me, but it glorifies Macquarie’s immense contribution as a world- leading institution in the field of Egytology” explains Professor Kanawati.

In 2007 Professor Kanawati was awarded the Order of Australia “for service to education in the field of archaeology and Egyptology and to the community.” In 1997 he was elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and also received the Centenary Medal in 2003 “for services to the Australian society and the humanities in the study of archaeology.”

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