Professor Nicholas Sims-Williams is the Head of the Near and Middle
East Department of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University
Professor Sims-Williams is one of the world's leading experts on
Bactrian and Soghdian texts. Prof. Sims-Williams has served on the
Councils of the Corpus Inscriptionum Iranicarum, Societas Iranologica
Europaea, The Philological Society, The Society for Afghan Studies
and The Ancient India and Iran Trust. He is the editor of Beiträge
zur Iranistik and an Associate Editor of Encyclopaedia Iranica.
He currently holds a major research grant for his work on a Dictionary
of Manichaean Texts and a Major Research Fellowship from the Leverhulme
Trust. In 1997 he was joint winner of the Hirayama prize for Silk
Amongst his many contributions to Bactrian Studies, Prof. Sims-Williams
was responsible for the translation of the Rabatak inscription,
which resulted in the rewriting of early Kushan dynastic history.
He is currently working on a translation of the Tang-i Safedak inscription,
from the Yakawlang district of Bamiyan Province