William C. Hayes

William Christopher Hayes
Born (1903-03-21)March 21, 1903
Hempstead (village), New York
Died July 10, 1963(1963-07-10) (aged 60)
New York City
Occupation Egyptology
Known for The Scepter of Egypt

William Christopher Hayes (March 21, 1903 – July 10, 1963) was an American Egyptologist.[1] His main fields of study were history of Egyptian art and translation/interpretation of texts.[2]


He was born on March 21, 1903.

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 Epedition (since 1926), then as an assistant curator (1936) and later as curator of the museum's Egyptian Department, from 1952 until his death.[2]

In 1956, He was involved as a consultant in the production of the film The Ten Commandments.[3]

He died on July 10, 1963.[1]


His best known work, The Scepter of Egypt, is still considered by many Egyptologists as one of the standard works in their field.[2][3]

Significant works


  1. 1 2 "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. ...
  2. 1 2 3 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).
  3. 1 2 M. L. Bierbrier (1995). Who was Who in Egyptology 3rd ed. London. pp. 195–196 of 256. ISBN 9780856981258.

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