Prof. em.  Dr. Jürgen Rudolf Friedrich von Beckerath

born February 19, 1920 in Hanover, died June 26, 2016 in Schlehdorf, was a famous professor of the egyptology.


Father: Dr. Gerhard von Beckerath (29.05.1890 – 20.01.1978)
Mother: Therese von Beckerath born Freein von Eller-Eberstein (26.10.1891 – 05.01.1979)


Jürgen von Beckerath passed his schooltime in Höchst, a district oft he city of Frankfort. 1939 he passed the final high-school examination there. From the following war service he was dismissed due to a war violation.


After the war he began his study of Egyptology in Munich and graduated there in 1950. 1957 he became commissioner and 1963 university lecturer at the university of Munich. In the years 1966 and 1967 he teached as a “visiting professor” at the Columbia University in New York. He refused a call to there. In 1970 he became an ordinary professor and institute director at the Westfälische Wilhelms University in Münster from where he retired in 1985. Since that time he still published numerous scientific works.


The most important publications of Jürgen von Beckerath are the “Manual of egyptian king names” and the “Chronology of the pharaonic Egypt”. Today they belong to the standard works of the egyptology.


His most important scientific work is a research of the second intermediate time with which he habilitated.


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