Born in New York City on January 3, 1928, Kelly Simpson graduated from the Buckley School (New York) and Phillips Academy (Andover, Massachusetts) before attending Yale University. At Yale, he received his B.A. and M.A. in English.
Upon completion of his Ph.D. in 1954, Simpson received the presti- gious Fulbright Fellowship and visited Egypt for the first time. Yale University offered William Kelly Simpson an assistant professorship in the Depart- ment of Near Eastern Languages and Literatures in 1958. He was promoted to Associate Professor of Egyptology in 1963 and made full professor two years later, a position he still holds.more » « less