Jasper Griffin

Jasper Griffin
Born (1937-05-29) May 29, 1937
Nationality British
Occupation Professor

Jasper Griffin, FBA (born 29 May 1937) is a British classicist and academic. He was Public Orator and Professor of Classical Literature in the University of Oxford from 1992 until 2004.

Early life

Griffin was born on 29 May 1937. He was educated on a scholarship at Christ's Hospital, an independent school in Horsham, West Sussex.[1] He read Classical Moderations and Greats at Balliol College, Oxford between 1956 and 1960. He graduated with a first class Bachelor of Arts degree. He was Jackson Fellow at Harvard University from 1960 to 1961 where he undertook research in early Latin poets.[1]

Academic career

On his return to the University of Oxford, he became Dyson Junior Research Fellow at Balliol College (1961-63), Tutorial Fellow in Classics (1963-2004), and Senior Fellow (2000-04). He is the originator of the word "agostic" used by the organometallic chemist Malcolm Green to describe C-H-M interactions.

Personal life

His wife of more than fifty years, Dr Miriam T. Griffin (née Dressler), is also a noteworthy classicist, as indicated by Ved Mehta in The New Yorker, November 11, 1991. They have three daughters: Julia, Miranda and Tamara.


Griffin was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 1986.[2]





  1. 1 2 Mehta, Ved (11 November 1991). "A LASTING IMPRESSION". Personal History. The New Yorker. Retrieved 18 August 2013.
  2. British Academy fellowship record.

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