Prof. Ernest A. Gardner


THOUGH unable latterly to take active part in the studies to which he had contributed much, Prof. Ernest Gardner, who died on November 27, aged seventy-seven years, will be remembered in the University of London as the creator of a vigorous department of classical archæology, and as a stimulating teacher, as well as for his administrative services as Dean of the Faculty of Arts (1905–9 and 1913–15), and as Vice-chancellor in 1923–26. After a distinguished Cambridge career, he went out to Greece in 1886 with a fellowship of Gonville and Caius College, and a Craven Fellowship, as the first student of the newly founded British School of Archæology at Athens, of which he became director in the following year. He had already done a season's excavation at Nancratis with Flinders Petrie and Griffith, and took a leading part, with Montague James, Hogarth, and the present Rector of Lincoln College, in work at Paphos for the Cyprus Exploration Fund. Under his management, the British School soon took recognized place among other foreign institutes in Athens, and began to form the long series of explorers, excavators, and teachers at home, which has continued until the present time.


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MYRES, J. Prof. Ernest A. Gardner. Nature 145, 17–18 (1940).

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