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GEORGE G. CAMERON, University professor of ancient Near East studies, has received a “Doctorate Honoris Causa” (for reason of honor) from the University of Tehran in Iran.
In 1948 Prof. Cameron joined the U-M faculty as professor of Near Eastern cultures. Also in 1948 he was named Annual Professor at the Baghdad School of the American Schools of Oriental Research. It was under this appointment and while on leave of absence from the U-M that he studied ancient inscriptions carved by order of Darius, King of Persia, on the side of Mt. Behistun.
In 1949, he was the recipient of the Order of Homayoun, conferred by the Government of Iran.
Prof. Cameron, in 1951, directed another expedition to the Near East to obtain rubber molds of other inscriptions, and to investigate the archaeology, history, political structure, culture, people, language, geography and zoology of a little-known area of Iraq and Iran.
Cameron held a traveling fellowship from the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute, 1930-32, and participated in the excavations of the one-time Persian capital city, Persepolis.
He was for several years an assistant editor and later editor of the “American Journal of Semitic Languages and Literatures.” From 1941 to 1948 he was editor of the “Journal of Near Eastern Studies.”
In October, 1971, Cameron delivered a paper on Cyrus the Great and Babylon at the International Congress of Iranology held in Shiraz, Iran. The congress was coincidental with the Shah’s party celebrating the 2,500th anniversary of the Persian Empire.