Sir E. A. Wallis Budge (1857-1934) was a noted English Egyptologist. He worked for the British Museum during the era of Victorian fascination in ancient cultures and wrote numerous books on Egypt, including the important work, The Egyptian Book of the Dead. On behalf of the British Museum, Budge traveled to Egypt and Sudan numerous times to acquire antiquities, many of which continue to reside at the Museum. His acquisitions and writing helped to bring Egyptology to a wider audience, and they continue to resonate today. In 1920, Budge was knighted for his work of bringing Egyptology to the masses, and to the British Museum. He retired from the museum in 1924, and died ten years later. In his will, he established a scholarship for intrepid young minds at both the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford to continue his work in Egyptology.
Epiphanius Wilson (1845-1916) was a scholar and translator of ancient sacred texts. He translated important literary and philosophical texts from Egypt, Japan, China, Hebrew, Hindu, as well as ancient texts from Babylonian and Assyrian. Many of his more than 30 translations are still in print today.