William Christopher Hayes
|Died||July 10, 1963 (aged 60)|
|Known for||The Scepter of Egypt|
A pupil of Sir Alan Gardiner, Hayes attended the Princeton University where he graduated in 1935 with a dissertation on the royal sarcophagi of the 18th Dynasty. For most of his life he was involved with the Metropolitan Museum of Art: first as a member of the museum's Egyptian Expedition (since 1926), then as an assistant curator (1936) and later as curator of the museum's Egyptian Department, from 1952 until his death occurred on July 10, 1963.
In 1956, he was involved as a consultant in the production of the film The Ten Commandments. His best-known work, The Scepter of Egypt, is still considered by many Egyptologists as one of the standard works in their field.
- 1961-1962. Chronology: Egypt – To End Of The Twentieth Dynasty. In The Cambridge Ancient History
- 1956. Most ancient Egypt. University of Chicago Press (as editor)
- 1953-1959. The Scepter of Egypt, a Background for the Study of the Egyptian Antiquities in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. part I, New York 1953; part II, New York 1959
- 1942. Daily life in Ancient Egypt. National Geographic Society
- 1935. Royal Sarcophagi of the XVIII Dynasty (dissertation)
- "William C. Hayes, Museum Curator. Egyptian Art Chief at the Metropolitan Is Dead". New York Times. July 11, 1963. Retrieved 2014-07-27.
Dr. William C. Hayes, curator of Egyptian art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, died yesterday at his home, 31 East 12th Street. He was 60 years old. ...
- W. C. Hayes, The Scepter of Egypt, part II, 4th printing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Abrams, inc., New York, 1990, ISBN 0-87099-191-4, (back cover).
- M. L. Bierbrier (1995). Who was Who in Egyptology 3rd ed. London. pp. 195–196 of 256. ISBN 9780856981258.