Presentation of the RAS Burton Medal to Professor Dame Caroline Humphrey

Last night the Royal Asiatic Society was proud to present its Sir Richard Burton Medal to Professor Dame Caroline Humphrey FBA (King’s College, Cambridge), in tribute to her remarkable contribution to Asian scholarship and research. Professor Humphrey honoured us with a fascinating lecture on “Empires and their Merchants: Communication and Incomprehension on the Russia-China Border in the 19th Century”. The lecture was followed by a wine and canapés reception.

 Prof. Dame Caroline Humphrey addresses the Society
The presentation of the Burton Medal
 Prof. Dame Caroline Humphrey and RAS President Prof. Peter Robb

Guests enjoy wine and canapés

The Anniversary General Meeting of the Society preceded the award and lecture, with attendees addressed by the Society’s President and Treasurer.

Treasurer Mr. Lionel Knight MBE

Reviving an erstwhile tradition of the Society, a consular hat and walking stick belonging to Sir Richard Burton were on display during the AGM and lecture—items which attracted many admiring looks and comments from Fellows and guests.

Consular hat and walking stick of Sir Richard Burton