Aziz Suryal Atiya
? ? ? Born July 5, 1898 Died September 24, 1988 (aged 90)
Nationality Egyptian Alma mater University of Cairo,
University of Cambridge ,
University of Utah United States Known for Coptologist,
and scholar and an expert in Islamic and Crusades studies.
Awards ( Doctor of Letters) University of Liverpool 1938 ,
Doctor of Laws (LL.D.),
Brigham Young University United States 1967 Scientific career Fields Coptology, Author of The Coptic Encyclopedia
published in 1991
New York: Macmillan Publishing Company
Institutions Founder of the Institute of Coptic Studies in Cairo in 1950s ,
founder of the Middle East Center,
University of Utah United States Influenced Labib Habachi,Sami Gabra Aziz Suryal Atiya ( Arabic: ? ?, Coptic ; July 5, 1898 – September 24, 1988) was an Egyptian  Coptologist who was a Coptic historian and scholar and an expert in Islamic and Crusades studies.
Atiya was the founder of the
Institute of Coptic Studies in Cairo in 1950s, and was also the founder of the Middle East Center, University of Utah. 
His library, The Aziz Atiya Library for Middle East Studies at
University of Utah, is considered the fifth largest such collection in North America and is recognized internationally as a major research library in this field. 
While at the University of Utah, Professor Atiya rediscovered ten lost papyri fragments related to the LDS scripture,
Book of Abraham, in the archives of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Atiya published a large study entitled
The Crusades in the Later Middle Ages in 1938, and was also the first author of , published in 1991.
The Coptic Encyclopedia
The chapters on the Copts in his book
The History of Eastern Christianity (1968, 1980) have become landmarks, not only for specialists but also for the general public. 
It was Atiya who, after many lively debates with the publishers and their readers, had the words '
Coptology' and ' Coptologist' introduced into the English language. 
He could speak English, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Latin, and to a lesser extent, Spanish, Greek, Coptic, Turkish, Welsh, and Dutch.
The Arabic Manuscripts of Mount Sinai: A Hand-list of the Arabic Manuscripts and Scrolls Microfilmed at the Library of the Monastery of St. Catherine (1955). ASIN B0006AU4NM.
The Coptic Encyclopedia, vol. 1 (1991). ASIN B000VO57ZI.
The Copts and Christian Civilization (1979). ISBN 978-0-87480-145-3.
Crusade, Commerce and Culture (1962). ISBN ASIN B0000CLOTM.
The Crusade (1977). ISBN 978-0-8371-8364-0.
The Crusade: Historiography and Bibliography (1962). ASIN B0000CLOU1.
The Crusade in the Later Middle Ages, 2nd. ed. (1970). ASIN B0006D07U4.
The Crusade of Nicopolis (1934). ASIN B0008620YK.
Crusades (1962). ISBN 978-0-19-690008-7.
Egypt and Aragon: Embassies and Diplomatic Correspondence Between 1300 and 1330 A.D. (1966). ASIN B0007J1LYI.
A Fourteenth Century Encyclopedist from Alexandria (1977). ASIN B0006XYA4I. About Mu?ammad ibn al-sim al-Nuwayr? al-Iskandar?n?, whose three-volume history of Alexandria Atiya edited and published in six volumes.
A History of Eastern Christianity (1980). ISBN 978-0-527-03703-1. This is an expanded edition of the first edition published in 1968. ASIN B000IOZ7AG.
The Monastery of St Catherine and the Mount Sinai Expedition (1952). ASIN B0007EBOK4. Atiya published approximately twenty books, many of which are multi-volume projects also journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia articles, including authoring or co-authoring dozens in the monumental Coptic Encyclopedia.