• Born date: 1922-07-12
  • Born in: Wheathampstead
  • Death date: 1956-09-06
  • Death in: Hatfield, Hertfordshire
Michael Ventris

Michael George Francis Ventris, OBE (12 July 1922 – 6 September 1956) was an English architect who, along with John Chadwick and Alice Kober, deciphered Linear B, a previously unknown ancient script discovered at Knossos by Arthur Evans. A prodigy in languages, Ventris had pursued the decipherment as an avocation since his teen-age years.