John Darwin (historian)

John Darwin
Born John Gareth Darwin
(1948-06-29) 29 June 1948
Exeter, Devon, England
Nationality British
Title Professor of Global and Imperial History
Spouse(s) Caroline Atkinson (m. 1973)
Children Three
Awards Wolfson History Prize (2008)
Fellow of the British Academy (2012)
Academic background
Education Brockenhurst Grammar School
Alma mater St John's College, Oxford
Nuffield College, Oxford
Academic work
Discipline History
Institutions University of Reading
University of Oxford
Nuffield College, Oxford

John Gareth Darwin, FBA (born 29 June 1948) is a British historian and academic, who specialises in the history of the British Empire.[1] Since 1984, he has been the Beit Lecturer in Commonwealth History at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.[2] He was a lecturer in history at the University of Reading between 1972 and 1984. His works are sometimes used in Schools and Sixth Forms.

Early life and education

Darwin was born on 29 June 1948 in Exeter, Devon, England. He was educated at Brockenhurst Grammar School, a mixed-sex state grammar school in Brockenhurst, Hampshire. He studied history at St John's College, Oxford, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree; as per tradition, his BA was promoted to a Master of Arts (MA Oxon) degree. He later undertook postgraduate research at Nuffield College, Oxford, and completed his Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree in 1978.[3]

Academic career

From 1972 to 1984, Darwin was a lecturer in history at the University of Reading.[3] In 1984, he moved to the University of Oxford where he had been appointed the Beit Lecturer in the History of the Commonwealth.[3][4] That year, he was also elected a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford.[3] Since October 2014, he had been the Director of the Oxford Centre for Global History.[5] In November 2014, he was granted a Title of Distinction as Professor of Global and Imperial History.[6]

Personal life

In 1973, Darwin married Caroline Atkinson. Together they have three daughters.[3]


In 2008, Darwin was awarded the Wolfson History Prize for his book After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire since 1405.[7] In 2012, he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).[4]

Selected works


  2. ‘DARWIN, Dr John Gareth’, Who's Who 2014, A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 2014; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2013 ; online edn, Dec 2013 accessed 25 Dec 2013
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 "DARWIN, Prof. John Gareth". Who's Who 2016. Oxford University Press. November 2015. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  4. 1 2 "Dr John Darwin". British Academy. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  5. "People". Centre for Global History. University of Oxford. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. "Recognition of Distinction". Oxford University Gazette. University of Oxford. 145 (5076). 6 November 2014. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  7. "Previous winners". History Prize. The Wolfson Foundation. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
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