Friday, April 07, 2006
303. دانشنامه ي ايران سوگوار ِ دانشمند بانوي ِ بزرگ: پيامي از استاد دكتر احسان يارشاطر
Dear Dr. Doostkhah
We are all shocked and grieved by the news of Professor Mary Boyce's passing. It is a great loss to Iranian Studies. Please find attached what we have immediately put in our website
OBITUARY MARY BOYCE It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of Dr. MaryBoyce, Professor Emeriti of Iranian Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, on April 4, 2006 in London. She was one of the foremost authorities on Zoroastrianism and afrequent contributor to the Encyclopaedia Iranica.
Prof. Boyce was elected to the International Advisory Board of the Encyclopaedia in 1997, succeeding Sir Harold Bailey as the U.K. representative. She also served as the Encyclopaedia's Consulting Editor for Iranian religions from 1982-97. She received her BA in 1943 (1st class with distinction in archeology), her MA in 1945, and a Ph.D. in 1952 in Oriental Studies from Cambridge University. She taught Iranian Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies from 1947-90. She served as secretary and treasurer of Corpus Inscriptionum Iranicarum from 1955-70, was a member of the Council of the Royal Asiatic Society from 1956-60 and 1965-68, and member of the Editorial Board of Asia Major from 1962-76. In 1972 she was awarded the Burton Gold Medal for her work among the Zoroastrians of Iran in 1963-64. She delivered the Ratanbai Katrak lectures in Oxfordin 1975 and was a Visiting Patten Professor at the University of Indianain 1977. She was elected an Honorary Member of the American Oriental Society in 1976 and a foreign member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters in 1978. In 1985 she was awarded the Sir Percy Sykes Memorial Medal of the Royal Society of Asian Affairs. Professor Boyce has published numerous works, including: The Manichaean hymn-cycles in Parthian (1954); The Letter of Tansar (tr.; 1968); A Persian Stronghold of Zoroastrianism (1977); A History of Zoroastrianism(3 vols. 1975-91, vol. 3 with Frantz Grenet); and Zoroastrianism, Their Religious Beliefs and Practices (1977, 1984). She also delivered the fourth Columbia Lecture Series on Iranian Studies, published as Zoroastrianism, Its Antiquity and Constant Vigor (1992)