Reverend George Aaron Barton, Ph.D. was born November 12, 1859 in East Farnham, Quebec, Canada. After attending seminary school, he became a minister and continued his education at Haverford College, where he got his M.A. He got his Ph.D. from Harvard and became Professor of Semitic Languages at Bryn Mawr College in 1891. In 1922 he moved to the University of Pennsylvania where he retired in 1931. He is most notbly known for translating a set of Sumerian tablets the University of Pennsylvania excavated at Nippur. In his later years, Barton returned to New England and died in Weston, Massachusetts.