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Clifford Edmund Bosworth
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Bosworth in 2011
Born 29 December 1928
Sheffield, Yorkshire, UK
Died 28 February 2015(2015-02-28) (aged 86)
Yeovil, Somerset, UK
Nationality British
Scientific career
Institutions University of Oxford
Academic advisors Vladimir Minorsky

Clifford Edmund Bosworth FBA (29 December 1928 – 28 February 2015) was an English historian and Orientalist, specialising in Arabic and Iranian studies.


Bosworth was born on 29 December 1928 in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire (now South Yorkshire). His father Clifford Bosworth, clerked for Board of Guardians before working for Ministry of Pensions and National Insurance, his mother was Gladys Constance Gregory. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in modern history from the St John's College, Oxford, before achieving an MA in Middle Eastern studies and PhD degrees from the University of Edinburgh.

Before attending the University of Edinburgh, he worked for the Department of Agriculture for Scotland, where he met Annettee Ellen Todd, who he would go on to marry in Edinburgh on 19 September 1957, the couple would go on to have three daughters.

He held permanent posts at the University of St Andrews, University of Manchester, and at the Center for the Humanities at Princeton University. He was a visiting professor at the University of Exeter, where he held the post since 2004. Bosworth died on 28 February 2015, in Yeovil, Somerset.


Bosworth was the author of hundreds of articles in academic journals and composite volumes. His other contributions included nearly 200 articles in the Encyclopaedia of Islam and some 100 articles in the Encyclopædia Iranica, as well as articles for Encyclopædia Britannica and Encyclopedia Americana. He was the chief editor of the Encyclopaedia of Islam and a consulting editor of Encyclopædia Iranica.


  • UNESCO Avicenna Silver Medal, 1998
  • Dr Mahmud Afshar Foundation Prize for contributions to Iranian Studies, 2001
  • Prize by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Tehran, for contributions to Iranian historical studies, 2003
  • Triennial Award, 2003

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