Richard Irvine Best (1872 - 1959):
Philologist and bibliographer
Richard Best was born in Ulster and studied in Paris. He became a renowned Celtic scholar and was Senior Professor of Celtic Studies at the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies. He published such works as The Irish Mythological Cycle and Celtic Mythology, The Martyrology of Tallaght, and The Book of Leinster, formerly Lebar Na Nuachongbala. He was Director of the National Library and President of the Royal Irish Academy. His major publication is judged to be Bibliography of Irish Philology and Manuscript Literature, Publications 1913 - 1941. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the Bibliographical Society of Ireland, had two honorary doctorates conferred upon him, and was awarded the highly regarded Leibniz Medal of the Royal Prussian Academy.
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||17 January 1872
||25 September 1959