British academicDied when: 77 years 189 days (930 months)
Star Sign: Gemini
John Strugnell (May 25, 1930, Barnet, Hertfordshire, England – November 30, 2007, Boston, Massachusetts) became, at 23, the youngest member of the team of scholars led by Roland de Vaux, formed in 1954 to edit the Dead Sea Scrolls in Jerusalem.
He was studying Oriental languages at Jesus College, Oxford when Sir Godfrey Rolles Driver, a lecturer in Semitic philology, nominated him to join the Scrolls editorial team.
Although Strugnell had no previous experience in palaeography, he learned very quickly how to read the scrolls.He would be involved in the Dead Sea Scrolls project for more than 40 years.