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Jacquetta Hawkes, née Hopkins, was the daughter of Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins, a Nobel Prize-winning scientist. In 1933, she married Christopher Hawkes, an archeologist and professor, then an assistant keeper at the British Museum. She attended Cambridge University and became an archeologist and scholar and a prolific writer, producing academic papers, children's books, guidebooks, complex works on ancient Egypt, Minoan, and Mediterranean civilizations, poetry, plays, and a novel. She also appeared on television and radio. In 1953, after a divorce, she remarried to J. B. Priestley. With Hawkes, she co-authored Prehistoric Britain (1943). With Priestley, she wrote Dragon's Mouth (1952) and Journey Down a Rainbow (1955). She was also the author of History of Mankind: Cultural and Scientific Development, Volume 1, Part 1 (1963) under the auspices of UNESCO, and The Atlas of Early Man (1976). Her best known book was A Land (1951). See a biography of Jacquetta Hawkes in Her Brilliant Career by Rachel Cooke.
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