MACKENZIE,  D. Neil

MACKENZIE, David Neil. London 8.4.1926 — Bangor, Wales 13.10.2001. British Iranian Scholar in Germany. Professor in Göttingen. Son of David M., educated in Slough, Windsor and Cambridge. From November 1943 to December 1947 in army, from August 1944 to September 1945 served in India and Burma, then until July 1947 in N.W.F. Province, where he learned Pashto. In 1948 started studies at S.O.A.S.: B.A. 1951 in Persian (under Lambton), M.A. 1953 in Old and Middle Iranian (under Henning). October 1954 to September 1955 in Iraq and Syria studying Kurdish. Ph.D. 1957 London. In 1955-61 Lecturer in Kurdish at S.O.A.S., in 1961-65 Lecturer in Iranian Studies, in 1965-75 University Reader in Iranian Languages ibid. From 1975 Hinz’s successor as Professor of Iranian Studies at Göttingen in Germany. Retired in 1994 and settled in Bangor. Twice married, three sons and one daughter.

During his early years he mainly worked on Kurdish and Pashto, later on Sogdian, but the Pahlavi dictionary is perhaps his most important contribution.

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Publications: Diss. A dialectological survey of Northern and Central Kurdish. Manuscript 1957, publ. as Kurdish Dialect Studies. 1-2. 21+247, 14+378 p. L. 1961-62.

– With Blumhardt: Catalogue of Pashto Manuscripts in the Libraries of the British Isles. 147 p. L. 1965.

– Translated: Poems from the Divan of Khushâl Khân Khattak. 257 p. L. 1965.

– The Dialect of Awroman (Hawrāmān-ī Luhōn). Grammatical Sketch, Texts and Vocabulary. 141 p. Kong. Danske Vid. Selsk. Hist.-filol. Skr. 4:3. Copenh. 1966.

– The “Sūtra of the causes and effects of actions” in Sogdian. 13+77 p. London Or. Ser. 22. L. 1970.

– “The Khwarezmian glossary”, BSOAS 33, 1970, 540-559; 34, 1971, 74-90, 314-330. 521-537; 35, 1972, 56-73.

– A concise Pahlavi Dictionary. 20+236 p. L. 1971.

– “Buddhist terminology in Sogdian: a glossary”, AM N.S. 17, 1971, 28-89; “Mani’s Šābuhragān”, BSOAS 42, 1979, 500-534 & 43, 1980, 288-310, 12 facs. pl. (Central Asian fragment, edited & translated).

– The Buddhist Sogdian texts of the British Library. 15+77+220 p. 108 pl. Acta Iran. 10. Téhéran & Liège 1976.

– With G. Herrmann: The Sasanian Rock reliefs at Naqsh-i Rustam. Part 6. The Triumph of Shapur I (with Kerdir’s inscription, synoptic text in transliteration, transcription and commentary). 72 p. 24 pl. Iranische Denkmäler Lf. 13 = Reihe II. Iranische Felsreliefs. Berlin 1989.

– With Hasan Amarat: The Khwarezmian element in the Qunyat al-munya. 195 p. L. 1990.

– Numerous articles in BSOAS, etc.

Sources: *D. Durkin-Meisterernst, JRAS 3rd ser. 13, 2003, 92-102 with 2 photos and Encyclop. Iranica (online 2002); Bio-bibliogr. Acta Ir. 20, 1979, 349-351; D.G.K. 1992; *R.E. Emmerick & D. Weber (ed.), Corolla Iranica. Papers in Honour of D.N.M. Frankfurt 1991 with bibliography; Wikipedia; the same two photos and a drawing in TITUS Galeria.

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