|Born||1969 (age 51–52)|
|Alma mater||Downing College (BA)|
Christ's College (PhD)
|Awards||Hessell-Tiltman Prize (2011)|
|Institutions||Fiji National University, University of Lincoln, University of Cambridge|
Wilkinson was born in 1969. He read Egyptology at Downing College, University of Cambridge. He graduated with a first class Bachelor of Arts and was awarded the Thomas Mulvey Egyptology Prize. He completed his PhD at Christ's College, Cambridge in 1993.
Wilkinson's first academic position, from 1993 to 1997, was as Lady Wallis Budge Research Fellow in Egyptology at Christ's College, Cambridge. From 1997 to 1999, he was Leverhulme Special Research Fellow at the University of Durham.
He became a Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge in 2003. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Egyptian History. He is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Archaeology, University of Durham. In July 2011, he became Head of the International Strategy Office at the University of Cambridge. In this position. he developed the University's international strategy and helped facilitate international collaborations. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.
In 2011, Wilkinson won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize, awarded to the best work of non-fiction of historical content, for his book The Rise and Fall of Ancient Egypt: the History of a Civilisation from 3000 BC to Cleopatra.