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Sir Keith Thomas

MA, FBA
Honorary Fellow since 2015

Background

  • Pro-Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford (from 1988 to 2000)
  • President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford (from 1986 to 2000)
  • Professor of Modern History (1986); Reader (1978-85), Fellow (and Tutor from 1957 to 1985) of St John’s College, Oxford (from 1957 to 1986)
  • Examination Fellow, All Souls College (from 1955 to 1957)
  • Senior Scholar, St Antony’s College, Oxford (1955)
  • Brackenbury Scholar, Balliol College, Oxford (from 1952 to 1955)

Research interests

  • Social and cultural history of early modern England

Publications

  • The Wolfson History Prize 1972-2012: An Informal History (London: Wolfson Foundation, 2012).
  • The Ends of Life: Roads to Fulfilment in Early Modern England (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).
  • Changing Conceptions of National Biography: The Oxford DNB in Historical Perspective (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005).
  • (ed.), The Oxford Book of Work (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999).
  • Man and the Natural World: Changing Attitudes in England, 1500-1800 (London: Allen Lane, 1983).
  • (ed. with Donald Pennington), Puritans and Revolutionaries (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1978).
  • Religion and the Decline of Magic (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1971).

Other professional memberships and roles

  • Honorary Vice-President, Royal Historical Society (from 2001)
  • Chairman, Advisory Council, Warburg Institute (from 2000 to 2008)
  • Trustee, British Museum (from 1999 to 2008)
  • Chairman, British Library Advisory Committee for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (from 1997 to 2002)
  • President, British Academy (from 1993 to 1997)
  • Member, Academia Europaea (from 1993)
  • Trustee, National Gallery (from 1991 to 1998)
  • Member, Reviewing Committee on Export of Works of Art (from 1989 to 1992)
  • Member, ESRC (from 1985 to 1990)
  • Delegate (1980-2000) and Chairman of Finance Committee (1988-2000), Oxford University Press
  • Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Honorary Member, Japan Academy
  • Fellow, Learned Society of Wales
  • Honorary DLitt: Columbia, Kent, Wales, Hull, Leicester, London, Sussex, Warwick
  • Honorary LittD: Sheffield, Cambridge
  • Honorary LLD: Williams, Oglethorpe
  • Honorary PhD: Uppsala
  • Honorary Fellow of Balliol, Corpus Christi, and St John’s Colleges, Oxford; University of Cardiff; and Warburg Institute, University of London