John Chadwick

John Chadwick ( born May 21, 1920 in East Sheen, Richmond upon Thames, † November 24, 1998 in Royston ) was a British classical scholar, Mykenologe and cryptologist.

Chadwick was the University of Cambridge educated at St Paul's School and at Corpus Christi College, where he also was professor later.

Together with Michael Ventris deciphered it in 1951 the syllabary Linear B, an early copy of the Mycenaean Greek. In the further deciphering of the written documents, mostly clay tablets, he was supported by his student Lydia Baumbach.


Writings (selection )

  • With Michael Ventris: Evidence for Greek Dialect in the Mycenaean Archives. In: The Journal of Hellenic Studies 73, 1953, 84-103.
  • With Michael Ventris: Documents in Mycenaean Greek. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1956, ISBN 0-521-08558-6; second edition 1974.
  • The decipherment of Linear B. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1958, ISBN 0-521-39830-4 ( paperback ); second edition, 1990, excerpts online.
  • The Mycenaean World. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge 1976, ISBN 0-521-29037-6. German translation: The Mycenaean World. Reclam, Stuttgart, 1979. ISBN 3-15-010282-0.