Jacquetta Hawkes

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Jacquetta Hawkes (Hopkins)

Death: March 18, 1996 (85)
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Sir Fredrick Hopkins, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1929 and Jessie Anne Stevens
Wife of J.B. Priestley, OM
Ex-wife of Christopher Hawkes

Managed by: Michael Lawrence Rhodes
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About Jacquetta Hawkes


Jacquetta Hawkes (5 August 1910 – 18 March 1996) was a British archaeologist and writer.

Born Jessie Jacquetta Hopkins, the daughter of Nobel Prize-winning scientist Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins, she married first Christopher Hawkes, then an assistant keeper at the British Museum, in 1933. From 1953, she was married to J. B. Priestley. She is perhaps best known generally for her book A Land (1951). She was a prolific writer on subjects quite removed from her principal field. She was above all interested in discovering the lives of the peoples revealed by scientific excavations. With Christopher Hawkes, she co-authored Prehistoric Britain (1943) and with J. B. Priestley she wrote Dragon's Mouth (1952) and Journey Down a Rainbow (1955). Her other works include The World of the Past (1963), Prehistory (History of Mankind: Cultural and Scientific Development, Volume 1 Part 1) (1963) prepared under the auspices of UNESCO, The Atlas of Early Man (1976) and The Shell Guide to British Archaeology (1986). She also scripted a film Figures in a Landscape.

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Jacquetta Hawkes's Timeline

August 5, 1910
March 18, 1996
Age 85