Sir Henry Creswicke Rawlinson

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Sir Henry Creswicke Rawlinson (1810-1895) was a British East India Company officer.  By 1927, he had become proficient in the Persian language.

While in Persia (today's Iran) to work with the Shah's troops, he became fascinated with Persian inscriptions, written in undeciphered cunieform.  He wanted to translate words which no one understood.  He worked for years at his ultimately successful project.

From 1876 to his death, in 1895, he was a trustee of the British Museum.

Media Credits

Image of a painting of Rawlinson, about the age of 40, by Henry Wyndham Phillips (1820-1868).  Online, via Wikimedia Commons.


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