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The Vere Harmsworth Professorship of Imperial and Naval History
is one of the senior professorships
in history at the University of Cambridge. After the Beit Professorship of Colonial History
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(founded in 1905) and the Rhodes Professorship of Imperial History
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at King's College London
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(founded in 1918), it is the third oldest chair in its subject in the world.
Founded in 1919 by a donation of £20,000 from Harold Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere, in memory of his son Vere who was killed at the Battle of Ancre, it was initially entitled simply the 'Professorship of Naval History', with the title changing to its present form in 1933. Among the holders of this prestigious chair, only Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond and Eric Walker have specialized in naval history, while the others have tended to be scholars of imperial history.
Vere Harmsworth Professors
- John Holland Rose
John Holland Rose was an influential English historian who wrote a famous biography of French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and also wrote a history of Europe, entitled The Development of the European Nations. Rose was the basis for C. P. Snow's fictional character M. H. L...
- Admiral Sir Herbert Richmond
Admiral Sir Herbert William Richmond KCB was a prominent naval officer, who also served as Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at Cambridge University and Master of Downing College, Cambridge...
- Eric Anderson Walker (1936–1951)
- Edwin Ernest Rich (1951–1971)
- John Andrew Gallagher
John "Jack" Andrew Gallagher, FBA was a distinguished historian of the British Empire who between 1963 and 1970 held the Beit Professorship of Commonwealth History at the University of Oxford and from 1971 until his death was the Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the...
- David Kenneth Fieldhouse
David Kenneth Fieldhouse, FBA is a prominent historian of the British Empire who between 1981 and 1992 held the Vere Harmsworth Professorship of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge...
- Sir Christopher Alan Bayly
Sir Christopher Alan Bayly, FBA, FRSL is a British historian specializing in Indian, British Imperial, and Global History...