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Professor Steven Mithen – University of Reading

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Professor Steven Mithen


Professor Steven Mithen: Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International and External Engagement)

As Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Mithen deputises for the Vice-Chancellor when necessary and relieves him of a number of day-to-day responsibilities.  He also has responsibility for the leadership of the University's research and innovation strategy and represents the University in its external engagement in this regard. He is a member of the University Executive Board and chairs the University Board for Research and Innovation.


Having originally studied Fine Art at the Slade School, he took a BA in Prehistory & Archaeology at Sheffield University, an MSc in Biological Computation from York University and a PhD in Archaeology at Cambridge University, where he taught prior to moving to a Lectureship at the University of Reading in 1992.

Prior to his appointment as Pro-Vice Chancellor, Steven served as Head of the School of Human & Environmental Sciences (2003-2008) and Dean of the Faculty of Science (2008-2010). Steven's research interests concern early prehistoric communities and the evolution of human intelligence, language and music, with long-term field projects in Western Scotland (Mesolithic) and Southern Jordan (early Neolithic). His recent books include After the Ice (2003), The Singing Neanderthals (2005), The Early Prehistory of Wadi Faynan (2007), Water, Life & Civilisation (2011) and Thirst: Water and Power in the Ancient World (2012). He was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2003.

Professor Mithen sits on various committees for the British Academy and the Arts & Humanities Research Council. His research has frequently been featured on Radio and TV and he often contributes reviews to the London Review of Books, New York Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement and New Scientist. He lives with his family in Woodley, Reading.

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