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Humanities educator

Nicholas John Sims-Williams, British humanities educator. Recipient Hirayama prize, Institute For Silk Road Studies, Kamakura, Japan, 1997, E. Yarshater Distinguished Lectures, Harvard University, 2000, Ghirshman prize, Institute France, 1988; fellow, Leverhulme Trust, 2002-2004; grantee, Arts and Humanities Research Board, United Kingdom, since 2000.


Sims-Williams, Nicholas John was born on April 11, 1949 in Chatham, Kent, England. Son of Michael and Kathleen (Wenborn) Sims-Williams.


Bachelor, Cambridge University, 1972. Doctor of Philosophy, Cambridge University, 1978.


Research fellow Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, 1975—1976. Lecturer Iranian languages school Oriental and African studies University London, 1976—1989, reader Iranian studies, 1989—1994, professor Iranian and Central Asian Studies, 1994—2004, research professor Iranian and central Asian studies, since 2004. Visiting professor Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, 1998—2000, College de France, Paris, 1999, University Rome La Sapienza, 2001.

Secretary Corpus Inscriptionum Iranicarum, London, 1985—2002, chair, since 2003. Treasurer Ancient India and Iran Trust, Cambridge, since 2001.



Board directors Societas Iranologica Europaea, Rome, 1991—1999. Fellow: British Academy (research readership 1992-1994). Member: Philological Society (secretary 1998—2001, president since 2003), Austrian Academy of Sciences (correspondent), Institute France.


  • Other Interests

    Listening to music, composing music, playing French horn.


Married Ursula Seton-Watson, July 1, 1972. Children: (Jennifer) Helen Seton, Frances Mary Seton.

Michael Sims-Williams

Kathleen (Wenborn) Sims-Williams

Ursula Seton-Watson

(Jennifer) Helen Seton Sims-Williams

Frances Mary Seton Sims-Williams