Born in 1996 on the Island of Jersey, Channel Islands, Sykes was educated at De La Salle College. Graduating in 2014, Jonathan sought employment with Jersey’s learned society, Société Jersiaise. At present, he is under the employ of the Ministry of External Relations, States of Jersey.
A member of the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland, and the Galton Institute, he is reading BA (Hons) History with Royal Holloway, University of London.
Inspired by the adventures of Thomas Wright Blakiston, an English explorer, naturalist, and ancestor of his, Sykes took on an exploratory intrigue with particular focus on the homo sapien in societies of the twenty-first century. Similarly galvanised by the experiences of Sir Mark Sykes, 6th Baronet, the Middle East remains an attraction for Sykes, the pursuit of study an aim.
Robert Ranulph Marett, reader in Anthropology at Oxford University in 1910, and Arthur Ernest Mourant, FRS, geneticist, and awardee of the Huxley Memorial Medal of the Royal Anthroplogical Institute, further influenced Sykes’s discipline. Both men of the Société, Marett and Mourant remain important scholastic guides.
Driven by an anthropological concern, Anthropos, an initiative brought to fruition by Jonathan, serves as his platform for independent thought and investigation.