Elias Avery Lowe

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Elias Avery Lowe (October 15, 1879 – August 8, 1969) was an American palaeographer. He was born to a Russian Jewish family and originally named Elias Avery Loew. His wife, whom he married in 1911, was translator H. T. Lowe-Porter. Among the Lowes' descendants are English artist Charlotte Johnson Wahl, and her son, journalist and politician Boris Johnson, former Mayor of London and current Foreign Secretary.[1]


Lowe graduated from Cornell University in 1902 and received his doctorate in 1908 at the University of Munich under the supervision of Ludwig Traube. His main works are the Codices Latini Antiquiores.[citation needed] From 1954 until his death in 1969, Lowe was an Honorary Fellow of Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford. An ongoing lecture series on palaeography, the Triennial E. A. Lowe Lectures, continue to be held at the College in his memory.[2]

Works (selection)

  • "Die ältesten Kalendarien in Monte Cassino" (Doctoral dissertation, Munich, 1908)
  • The Beneventan Script: a history of the South Italian minuscule (Oxford, 1914); (2nd ed., Rome, 1980)
  • Handwriting: Our Medieval Legacy (Rome, 1969)
  • Palaeographical Papers, 1907–1965, ed. Ludwig Bieler (Oxford, 1972)


  • Bischoff, Bernhard (1970). "Elias Avery Lowe, 15.10.1879–8.8.1969". Jahrbuch der Bayerischen Akademie der Wissenschaften: 203 ff. 
  • John, James J. (1970). "A Palaeographer among Benedictines: a tribute to E. A. Lowe". American Benedictine Review. 21: 1–17. 
  • Lowe, Patricia Tracy (2006). A Marriage of True Minds: a memoir of my parents, Helen Tracy Lowe-Porter and Elias Avery Lowe. New Paltz, NY. ISBN 0-9642350-4-8. 


  1. ^ Daniella Peled "Interview: Boris Johnson - my Jewish credentials", The Jewish Chronicle, April 2008.
  2. ^ "Special Lectures". Corpus Christi College, Oxford University. 2016. Retrieved 23 Jan 2017. 

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