Emeritus Professor Bernard Lewis was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from SOAS in honour of his distinguished career at the School. He is also an alumnus gaining his PhD in Near and Middle East Studies in 1939.
Following his graduation, he served in the British Army in 1940-41, and for the rest of the war attached to a department of the Foreign Office, a career that was typical of SOAS students from that era. After his return to the School he was made Professor of History of the Near and Middle East in 1949 and held that post for 25 years.
In 1974 Professor Lewis became Professor of Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University and a long-term member of the Institute for Advanced Study. His publications include The Middle East, What Went Wrong? Western Impact and Middle Eastern Response; and most recently, From Babel to Dragomans: Interpreting the Middle East. His works have been translated into more than 25 languages. His current research interest is the relationship between Europe and Islam, both historically and in modern times.
Professor Lewis holds 15 Honorary Doctorates. He is also a Fellow of The British Academy, a Member of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and a Foreign Correspondent of the Institut de France, Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres.