Sebastian Brock

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Sebastian Paul Brock, FBA (born 1938, London) is generally acknowledged as the foremost academic in the field of Syriac language today.[1] He is a former Reader in Syriac Studies at the University of Oxford's Oriental Institute and currently a Professorial Fellow at Wolfson College.

Sebastian Brock completed his BA degree at the University of Cambridge, and a DPhil at Oxford. He is the recipient of a number of honorary doctorates and has been awarded the Medal of Saint Ephrem the Syrian by the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch and the Leverhulme prize and medal of the British Academy. He is a widely published author on Syriac topics.

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Helen Hughes-Brock, an archaeologist specialising in Minoan Crete and Mycenaean Greece.


He is a Fellow of the British Academy. He was the recipient of the 2009 Leverhulme Medal and Prize awarded by the British Academy.[2]


  1. ^ AbouZayd, Shafiq (1993). "Sebastian Paul Brock: Life and Work". Aram Periodical. Leuven: Peeters. 5 (A Festschrift for Dr. Sebastian P. Brock) (1 & 2): 2. ISSN 0959-4213. The Syriac heritage owes much to Sebastian Brock and, as in the old adage "all roads lead to Rome", all aspects of Syriac studies lead one way or another to Sebastian Brock.. His voluminous work on Syriac, and related fields, is unique in our modern times. 
  2. ^ "Leverhulme Medal and Prize 2009". Prizes and Medals. British Academy. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 

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