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educator , museum curator

William Edwards Metcalf, museum curator, educator. National Education Association fellow for museum professionals, 1978; member Institute for Advanced Study, 1988-1989.


Metcalf, William Edwards was born on December 16, 1947 in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States. Son of George Ellington and Ruthanne (Schnitzler) Metcalf.


Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan, 1969;Master of Arts, University of Michigan, 1970;Doctor of Philosophy in Classical Studies (Horace H. Rackham prize fellow), University of Michigan, 1973.


Assistant curator Roman and Byzantine coins American Numismatic Society, New York City, 1973-1975, associate curator, 1975-1978, curator, deputy chief curator, 1978-1979, chief curator, 1979-2000, honorary curator, since 2000. Professor classics Yale University, since 2002, curator coins and medals Art Gallery, since 2002. Adjunct professor art history and archaeology Columbia University, 1978-1997, adjunct professor classics, 1998.

Adjunct professor history, 1993. Adjunct professor classics New York University, 1996, 2000-2001, Princeton University, 1999, Bryn Mawr College, 2000. Visiting professor classics New York University, 2001-2002.

Curator of coins and medals Yale University Art Gallery, adjunct professor classics, since 2002.



Fellow American Numismatic Society (life), Society Antiquaries London. Member Royal Numismatic Society, American Philological Association (subcommittee on classical bibliography 1979-1989), Archaeol. Institute American (executive committee New York 1976-1980, chairman numismatics committee since 2000), Columbia University Seminar on Classical Civilization, International Numismatic Commission (1st vice president 1997-2003).


Married Margaret Mary Finn, May 21, 1972 (annulled 1984). 1 son, Daniel F.; Married Jane Salinger, October 26, 1991. 1 child, Lydia Qiao Salinger.

George Ellington Metcalf

Ruthanne (Schnitzler) Metcalf

Margaret Mary Finn

Jane Salinger

Lydia Qiao Salinger Metcalf