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Mr. R. H. Hodgkin

Nature volume 140, page 676 (16 October 1937) | Download Citation



MB. ROBERT HOWARD HODGKIN, who has been elected provost of Queen's College, Oxford, to succeed the late Canon Streeter, had retired from Oxford at the end of last term, relinquishing the position of senior history tutor of Queen's College, which he had held since 1910. Mr. Hodgkin is now in his sixty-first year. He was born at Neweastle-upon-Tyne on April 24, 1877, the son of Dr. Thomas Hodgkin, a banker and distinguished historian of Europe in the Middle Ages. Mr. Hodgkin was educated at repton, Leighton Park School, Reading, and Balliol College, Oxford, taking first-class honours in the Final School of Modern History. He was appointed lecturer in modern history of Queen's College in 1900 ; and was University lecturer in modern history in 1928–34. His most considerable contribution to historical literature is his "History of the Anglo-Saxons" (1935), in which the scientific data of anthropology and archaeology are drawn upon to the full to serve the purpose of historical research. Although a member of a distinguished Quaker family, Mr. Hodgkin held a commission in the 1st V.B. Northumberland Fusiliers for some years, and thereupon was obliged to withdraw from the Society of Friends. During the Great War he served as captain in the Seventh Battalion of his old regiment, and on the General Staff (Operations) at the War Office.

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