Robert Elgood was born in 1948, the son of a paediatrician. He has a BA in Islamic History from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University 1975-1979 (where he is now a Research Associate in the Art and Archaeology Dept.) and a DPhil from Oxford University in Indian Anthropology. He is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. For some years he was also a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Society. In 1986 he was elected to the Meyrick Society and 1996 he was elected a member of the Rowland Club.