UC Riverside professor to be honored by the queen of England

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A professor of history from UC Riverside is being honored this weekend by the queen of England. Henry Snyder will receive the royal honor for his “service to English studies worldwide.”

Professor Snyder is a veteran scholar of British history, specializing in the early 18th century. He’s written dozens of scholarly articles and been awarded millions of dollars in research grants over four decades in academia.

He’s earned special praise for his 30 years of work on a searchable database of every known publication in England between the 15th and 19th centuries. The database lists almost 500,000 books, handbills, fliers and pamphlets.

Snyder won’t actually receive the “Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire” from the queen herself. He’ll get it Saturday in Los Angeles at the home of British Consul General Dame Barbara Hay. The honor is seldom bestowed on people outside the United Kingdom.

Professor Snyder retired last December. He still assists UC Riverside’s Center for Bibliographical Studies and Research. He says he plans to display his Order of the British Empire medal in his TV room, alongside his National Endowment for the Humanities medal.