Judah Benzion Segal MC, FBA, often known as Ben (21 June 1912 - 23 October 2003, Edgware, Middlesex) was Professor of Semitic Languages at the School of Oriental and African Studies.
His father was Professor
Moshe Zvi Segal and his brother was the doctor and Labour Party politician Samuel Segal. He had two daughters; one is Prof. Naomi Segal.
Education [ edit ]
Magdalen College School, Oxford
St. Catharine's College, Cambridge. Jarrett Scholar, 1932; John Stewart of Rannoch Scholar in Hebrew, 1933; 1st Class Oriental Langs Tripos, 1935; Tyrwhitt Scholar and Mason Prizeman, 1936. BA (Cambridge), 1935, MA 1938; DPhil (Oxford) 1939. Colours, Cambridge University Boxing Club, 1935, 1936.
Mansel Research Exhibitioner,
St. John's College, Oxford, 1936-39; James Mew Scholar, 1937. Deputy Assistant Director, Public Security,
Sudan Government, 1939-41 Served in
World War II, GHQ, MEF, 1942-44, Captain; Education Officer, British Military Administration, Tripolitania, 1945-46. He was awarded a Military Cross in 1942. School of Oriental and African Studies from 1946; Head of Department of Near and Middle East, 1961-68; Professor 1961-79, then
Emeritus Professor; Honorary Fellow 1983. Visiting Lecturer,
Ain Shams University, Cairo, 1979 Research Fellow,
Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1980 Leverhulme Emeritus Fellowship, South India, 1981
Leo Baeck College, 1982-85; President, 1985-2003 Member,
Council of Christians and Jews President: North Western Reform Synagogue
President: British Association for Jewish Studies, 1980
Vice-President, Reform Synagogues of Great Britain, 1985-91
Honours [ edit ]
Publications [ edit ]
The Diacritical Point and the Accents in Syriac, 1953
The Hebrew Passover, 1963
Edessa, 'the blessed city', 1970
Aramaic Texts From North Saqqara, 1983
A History of the Jews of Cochin, 1993
Aramaic and Mandaic Incantation Bowls in the British Museum, 2000
Whisper Awhile, 2000
Articles in learned periodicals.