Dr J. N. Adams, who was formerly chairman of the British Academy’s DMLBS committee, has been appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list. The award, gazetted as for services to Latin scholarship, reflects the huge contribution his extensive and painstaking research has made to our understanding of Latin throughout the language’s history, and especially of variation in the use of that language over time, space, and the social status of its users.
The DMLBS project has particular reason to be grateful to him for his service to the wider cause of Latin and to our work on Latin of the medieval period. He became chairman of the DMLBS committee at a point when the project’s future had been looking desperately bleak, and over a period of more than a decade he was instrumental in establishing the secure and stable footing which led to the ultimate completion of the printed dictionary. We are therefore especially pleased to be able to congratulate him on this honour.