Toby Wilkinson

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Toby Wilkinson
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Born1969 (age 51–52)
Alma materDowning College (BA)
Christ's College (PhD)
AwardsHessell-Tiltman Prize (2011)
Scientific career
InstitutionsFiji National University, University of Lincoln, University of Cambridge

Toby A. H. Wilkinson (born 1969) is an English Egyptologist and academic. He is the Vice Chancellor of Fiji National University in Suva, Fiji, arriving in January 2021 and resigning effective December 2021[1][2] He was awarded the 2011 Hessell-Tiltman Prize.

Early life[edit]

Wilkinson was born in 1969. He read Egyptology at Downing College, University of Cambridge.[3] He graduated with a first class Bachelor of Arts[4] and was awarded the Thomas Mulvey Egyptology Prize.[3] He completed his PhD at Christ's College, Cambridge in 1993.[5]

Academic career[edit]

Wilkinson's first academic position, from 1993 to 1997, was as Lady Wallis Budge Research Fellow in Egyptology at Christ's College, Cambridge. From 1997 to 1999, he was Leverhulme Special Research Fellow at the University of Durham.[5]

He became a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge in 2003.[6] He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Egyptian History.[7] He is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology, University of Durham.[8] In July 2011, he became Head of the International Strategy Office at the University of Cambridge. In this position. he developed the University's international strategy and helped facilitate international collaborations.[9] He is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.[10]

In 2017 he became Deputy Vice Chancellor (External Relations) at the University of Lincoln in the UK.[11] In 2021 he moved to the South Pacific to become Vice Chancellor of Fiji National University.


In 2011, Wilkinson won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize, awarded to the best work of non-fiction of historical content, for his book The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt: the History of a Civilisation from 3000 BC to Cleopatra.[12]

Selected works[edit]

  • State Formation in Egypt: Chronology and Society (1996), British Archaeological Reports (BAR) International
  • Early Dynastic Egypt (1999), Routledge
  • Royal Annals of Ancient Egypt: the Palermo Stone and Its Associated Fragments (2000), Kegan Paul
  • Genesis of the Pharaohs: Dramatic New Discoveries That Rewrite the Origins of Ancient Egypt (2003), Thames & Hudson
  • The Thames and Hudson Dictionary of Ancient Egypt (2nd edition 2008), Thames & Hudson
  • Lives of the Ancient Egyptians: Pharaohs, Queens, Courtiers and Commoners (2007)
  • (Editor) The Egyptian World (2009), Routledge
  • The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt (2010). Published by Bloomsbury (UK) on 2 August 2010 and by Random House (USA) on 15 March 2011
  • The Nile: A Journey Downriver Through Egypt's Past and Present (2014), Knopf
  • Aristocrats and Archaeologists: An Edwardian Journey on the Nile (2017), The American University in Cairo Press
  • A World Beneath the Sands: The Golden Age of Egyptology (2020), W. W. Norton


  1. ^ Fiji National University
  2. ^ King, Emma (24 November 2020). "Professor Toby Wilkinson became the Vice Chancellor of Fiji National University". Fisher Leadership.
  3. ^ a b "Toby Wilkinson Biography". BookBrowse. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Genesis of the Pharaohs: Dramatic New Discoveries That Rewrite the Origins of Ancient Egypt". Amazon. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  5. ^ a b "Biography". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 1 August 2012.
  6. ^ "Master and Fellows". Clare College, Cambridge. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Toby Wilkinson". Bloomsbury Publishing. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  8. ^ "Honorary Fellows". Durham University. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  9. ^ "Dr Toby Wilkinson". The Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge. Retrieved 31 July 2012.
  10. ^ Fifi National University (26 October 2020). "Professor Toby Wilkinson Appointed As Fiji National University's Vice-Chancellor". Fiji Sun.
  11. ^ "Award-winning historian joins senior team at Lincoln". University of Lincoln. 31 May 2017.
  12. ^ "Hessell-Tiltman Prize". English PEN. Retrieved 31 July 2012.

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