SOPER, Alexander Coburn, III. Chicago 18.2.1904 — Rosemont PA 13.1.1993. U.S. Art Historian. Son of Alexander Coburn Soper Jr. and Bertha Dunlop. Graduated B.A. 1925 from Hamilton College and studied architecture at Princeton (M.A. 1929). For a while living in Japan. Ph.D. 1944 in Art History, Princeton. Taught at Bryn Mawr and from 1960 Professor at Institute of Fine Arts in New York, until retirement in the 1980s. Married 1929 Suzanne T. Smyth, one daughter and one son.

Publications: The Evolution of Buddhist Architecture in Japan. 330 p. 211 ill. Princeton 1942; other works on East Asian art.

– “Aspects of Light Symbolism in Gandhāran Sculpture”, ArtAs 12, 1949, 252-283; “The Roman Style in Gandhara”, AJA 55, 1951, 301-319; a number of further articles and reviews in ArtAs.

Literary Evidence for Early Buddhist Art in China. 12+296 p. Art.As.Suppl. 1959.

– “Recent studies involving the date of Kaniṣka”, ArtAs 33, 1971, 339-350 & 34, 1972, 102-113.

Editor-in-chief of Artibus Asiae 1958-93 (including Suppl. Vols. 19-37).

Sources: *Milo C. Beach, ArtAs 52:3-4, 1992; briefly in ArtAs 55, 1995, 14f. with photoprabook.com; Wikipedia.