William E. Skillend

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William E. Skillend (Korean: 윌리암 스킬렌드) (April 26, 1926 – February 21, 2010) was the first British academic specializing in the Korean language, and the first professor of Korean at SOAS.[1]

Skillend was born in Liverpool and went on to study at Christ's College Cambridge, where he took a first in Japanese. After completing his Doctorate there, he became one of the generation of British orientalists who started as military translators (in his case at Bletchly Park).[2]

He established the Association for Korean Studies in Europe (AKSE) in 1977.


  • Kodae Sosol: A Survey of Korean Traditional Style Popular Novels, SOAS 1968


  1. ^ Times Obituary
  2. ^ 'The early days, 1947–55' by William E. Skillend in " Fifty years of Japanese at Cambridge 1948–98 A chronicle with reminiscences Compiled and edited by Richard Bowring © Faculty of Oriental Studies University of Cambridge 1998