Established in 1984 by Harvey M. and Lyn P. Meyerhoff in memory of William Foxwell Albright

Image Credit: Ferdinand Hamburger Jr. Archives, Johns Hopkins University, Milton S. Eisenhower Library WILLIAM FOXWELL ALBRIGHT, whose distinguished career the Meyerhoffs honored through the endowment of this chair, headed the Johns Hopkins program in Near Eastern Studies for nearly 30 years before his retirement in 1958. He was the first major scholar to authenticate the Dead Sea Scrolls and also was held in high regard for his scholarship demonstrating the Bible's use and interest as an historical record. Dr. Albright died in 1971.


HARVEY M. MEYERHOFF, with his late wife, LYN P. MEYERHOFF, has provided leadership and philanthropic support throughout Johns Hopkins, as well as to other organizations in the region and the nation. Mr. Meyerhoff chaired the national council that brought into being the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The retired president and chairman of Monumental Properties and Magna Properties in Baltimore, Mr. Meyerhoff is a longtime university and hospital trustee and was the founding chairman of the Hopkins Health System board. As well as establishing the William Foxwell Albright Chair in Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies in the Krieger School, he chaired the National Advisory Council of the Johns Hopkins Bioethics Institute. An emeritus member of the Bioethics Institute Advisory Board, he created the Meyerhoff Professorship in Bioethics and Medicine at the School of Medicine.


Image Credit: Will Kirk P. KYLE McCARTER JR., the William Foxwell Albright Professor of Biblical and Ancient Near Eastern Studies, is among the foremost experts on the Dead Sea Scrolls, the area of scholarship inaugurated by Dr. Albright. Dr. McCarter, a Hopkins faculty member since 1985 and former associate dean of the Krieger School, is the author of six books, the most recent of which is Ancient Inscriptions: Voices from the Biblical World. As one of the few people in the world who can decipher archaic alphabetic inscriptions, he is a member of a group of scholars who recently made the important discovery that the original alphabet on which ours and all others were founded was probably invented centuries earlier than had been previously thought and possibly in Egypt instead of Syria-Palestine.