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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 120, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, II$
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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263020

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263020.001.0001

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John Desmond Clark 1916–2002

John Desmond Clark 1916–2002

(p.63) (p.64) John Desmond Clark 1916–2002
Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 120, Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, II

David W. Phillipson

British Academy

Professor John Desmond Clark played a leading role in archaeological research in sub-Saharan Africa for six decades. In the words of his former teacher, Grahame Clark, he did ‘more than any other man to pull together the prehistory of the continent of Africa from the beginnings of human culture up to…recent times’. Desmond Clark displayed great learning, prodigious energy and productivity, wide friendships, and warm hospitality. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in 1952 and a Fellow of the British Academy in 1961. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and of the National Academy of Science (USA). His Cambridge Sc.D. was awarded in 1975 and he held honorary doctorates at Witwatersrand and Cape Town Universities (1985), along with the Gold Medals of the Society of Antiquaries of London (1985) and the Archaeological Institute of America (1989). The British Academy awarded him the Grahame Clark Medal for Prehistory in 1997.

Keywords:   archaeologists, archaeological research, sub-Saharan Africa, British Academy, Grahame Clark Medal

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