Educated at Charterhouse, he went to Pembroke College, Cambridge studying the Classical tripos including Slavonic and Russian. He lived briefly in Paris before moving to St Petersburg in 1898 to work in the library of the Imperial Archaeological Commission. Returning to Cambridge in 1901 he began lecturing in Classics.
In 1927, he was appointed Disney Professor of Archaeology, a post he held until 1938. He wrote widely with books including Scythians and Greeks (1913) and The Art of the Northern Nomads (1944). He was an authority on Slavonic icons and in 1943 cleared the Russian translation engraved on the ceremonial "Sword of Stalingrad" presented by the British people in homage to the defenders of the Russian city.
Sir William Ridgeway
| Disney Professor of Archaeology, Cambridge University
1926 - 1938