Professor David Cannadine awarded Knighthood

Monday 5 January 2009

School Fellow, Professor David Cannadine, has been recognised by the Queen in the New Year Honours List for services to scholarship.

Professor Cannadine, DLitt, FBA, was Director of the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) at the School of Advanced Study between 1998 and 2003, and until September of last year was Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Professor of Contemporary British History at the IHR. He is now an Honorary Fellow of the IHR and Chair of its Appeal, a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the School and an Honorary Professor of the University of London.

The author of a series of hugely influential studies of the British aristocracy, the monarchy, and class at home and in the colonial empire, he is also the biographer of G. M. Trevelyan and Andrew Mellon, and one of the finest historical essayists of his generation. His most recent collection, Making History Now and Then: Discoveries, Controversies and Explorations, was published to great acclaim last summer.

Professor Cannadine has been an unstinting advocate of keeping history and the historical profession in the public eye, as broadcaster, as advisor to the government and to the National Archives (most recently over the 30 year rule), in his work as English Heritage Commissioner, Chairman of the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery and of the Blue Plaque Panel, and as member of the editorial boards of the History of Parliament and Past and Present.

This honour brings further distinction to the IHR, which has been the focus of Professor Cannadine’s energy, enthusiasm and vision during a decade in which c. £12m was raised in research income and donations. It is also a rare double, for he is joined in the New Year Honours List by his wife, Linda Colley, Shelby M. C. Davis Professor of History at Princeton University, who is made a CBE.

Dean of the School, Professor Sir Roderick Floud, FBA, was pleased to hear the news: "The School of Advanced Study is delighted that, for the second year running, one of its staff has received a knighthood for services to scholarship in the humanities. Sir David Cannadine joins Sir Brian Vickers, knighted last year for services to English literature. These honours demonstrate the value of the School and its Institutes to the world of scholarship."

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