Codrington, Kenneth de Burgh 1899 - 1986

(1899-1986), Archaeologist and Art Historian of India

Kenneth de Burgh Codrington was born on the 5th June 1899 in India, educated at Sherbane School and Cadet College, Wellington, India, then at Corpus Christi in Cambridge and Wadham College in Oxford. In 1917 Codrington joined the Indian army and was invalided in 1921.

Codrington was Professor of Archaeology and Fellow of Graduate School at University of Cincinnati between 1925 and 1926. From 1931, he was honorary lecturer at University College and S.O.A.S. in London and from 1948 he was Professor of Indian Archaeology there, he was made Professor Emeritus on his retirement in 1966. In 1935-48 Codrington was also Keeper of Indian Section in Victoria and Albert Museum. In 1940-42 he was on an archaeological mission in Afghanistan, but in fact worked for British intelligence. He was also appointed naval attaché in Kabul, where his main task was to monitor German spy activity. In 1972 he directed the excavations at Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka.

Codrington published many books relating to archaeology and Indian art history. He Married Philippa Christine in 1927 and died on the first January 1986.