William Kelly Simpson

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William Kelly Simpson (born January 3, 1928 – March 24, 2017 in New York City[1]) was an American professor of Egyptology, Archaeology, Ancient Egyptian literature, and Afro-Asiatic languages at Yale University.[2][3]

He is one of several co-directors of the University of Pennsylvania Museum Yale University Expedition to Abydos, Egypt, which conducts archaeological excavations of ancient sites.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Simpson was born on January 3, 1928 in New York City, to Kenneth F. Simpson (1895-1941) and Helen-Louise Knickerbacker Porter (1893-1981).

He married Marilyn Ellen Milton (1931—1980), a granddaughter of philanthropists John Davison Rockefeller Jr.. William and Marilyn have two children:

  • Laura Knickerbacker Simpson (1954-2012)
  • Abigail Rockefeller Simpson (born 1958), married Todd Mydland.

Simpson died on March 24, 2017 at the age of 89.[5]


  • Peter Manuelian (editor): Studies in Honor of William Kelly Simpson, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 1996 ISBN 0878463909

See also[edit]


  1. ^ David Shavit, The United States in the Middle East: A Historical Dictionary (Greenwood Press, 1988: ISBN 0-313-25341-2).
  2. ^ Yale University Press. (2009). The Literature of Ancient Egypt. Retrieved on 08-03-2009.
  3. ^ The Cambridge University Catalogue. (2009). The Great Pyramid: Ancient Egypt Revisited. Retrieved on 08-03-2009.
  4. ^ University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. (2007). The Pennsylvania-Yale Excavations at Abydos, Egypt. Retrieved 08-03-2009.
  5. ^ "Beloved TD fellow passes at 89". yaledailynews.com. Retrieved 13 July 2017.