Aidan Dodson was born in London and brought up in Slough, Berkshire. He studied Egyptology at Durham, Liverpool and Cambridge Universities, obtaining his BA in 1985, his MPhil in 1986 and his PhD in 1995; he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 2003. He has taught in the Department of Anthropology & Archaeology at Bristol University since 1996, where he was appointed Professor of Egyptology in August 2018.
During the Spring semester of 2013 he was William K. and Marilyn M. Simpson Professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo.
He has a further, completely unrelated, research interest - the warships of the later nineteenth and first half of the twentieth century, on which he first published an article in 1988. His first full-length book on ships was published in the spring of 2016; another is in preparation for publication during 2018/19.
Over the years he has given invited public lectures in the UK, the USA, Canada, Egypt, Denmark, Italy and Spain, and regularly accompanies tours to Egypt and the Sudan. Having joined the London-based Egypt Exploration Society at the age of 15, he served as its Chairman of Trustees from 2011 to 2016. Professor Dodson met his wife while teaching her Egyptology at an adult education class and proposed to her in the burial chamber of an ancient vizier; they live in Bristol.