John Holland Rose

Professor John Holland Rose
Born 28 June 1855
Bedford, England
Died 3 March 1942 (1942-03-04) (aged 86)
Nationality British
Education Bedford Modern School
Alma mater Owen’s College, Manchester
Christ's College, Cambridge

John Holland Rose (28 June 1855 in Bedford – 3 March 1942)[1] 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 among other historical works.[2] He was Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge between 1919 and his retirement in 1934.[3]


Rose was born in Bedford in 1855.[3] He was educated at Bedford Modern School where he was an exhibitioner,[3] at Owen’s College, Manchester and at Christ's College, Cambridge.[4]

In 1911-1919 Rose was a reader in modern history at the University of Cambridge.[3] He was the first Vere Harmsworth Professor of Naval History at the University of Cambridge between 1919 and his retirement in 1933.[3] He was an honorary member of the Polish Academy of Arts and Sciences.[5]

Rose was the basis for C. P. Snow's fictional character M. H. L. Gay (see "Years of Hope: Cambridge, Colonial Administrator in the South Seas, and Cricket" by Philip Snow).

Family life

In 1880 Rose married Laura K. Haddon; they had one son and two daughters.[3]\

He died on 3 March 1942.[3]

Selected works

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John Holland Rose


  1. "Cambridge history of the British Empire / General editors: J. Holland Rose, A.P. Newton (and) E.A. Benians. - Version details - Trove". Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  2. "Rose, J. Holland 1855-1942 (John Holland) [WorldCat Identities]". Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "Rose, John Holland (1855-1942), historian". Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  4. Who's Who, 1935, Published by A&C Black Limited, 1935
  5. 1 2 3 4 5 "Who's Who". Retrieved 10 July 2015.

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