Professor Gordon Campbell (Doctor of Letters)

Friday 14th July, 3pm

Gordon Campbell was born in Surrey but received his school education and attended university in Canada. He obtained his doctorate from the University of York in 1973 before commencing his academic career as Lecturer in English at the University of Aarhus. He then moved to the University of Liverpool, before joining the Department of English at University of Leicester in 1979. He was appointed Reader in Renaissance Literature In 1987, and to a Chair in Renaissance Studies in 1994. He is currently Fellow in Renaissance Studies. He has a particular interest in John Milton, and his publications include editions of Milton’s complete poems as well as of selections of poems and individual works. He has also published across a much broader range of cultural history, including art, architecture, Biblical studies, classical antiquity, garden history, legal history, historical theology and the Islamic world. He has made professional visits to more than 70 countries and acted as international relations advisor to the University for 17 years. He also served as the University’s Public Orator from 2004 to 2016. In 2010 he published Bible: the Story of the King James Version 1611-2011 and The Holy Bible: Quatercentenary Edition (ed), and embarked on a worldwide programme of lectures and consultations. At present he acts as an historical consultant for a Museum of the Bible being built in Washington DC. He was made a Fellow of the British Academy in 2001, and is also a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, the Linnaean Society, the Royal Historical Society, the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Asiatic Society. He is an Honorary Fellow (and past president) of the English Association and a Corresponding Fellow of the Southern African Society for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Press comment:

“This award is an extraordinary honour, particularly because it comes from the University to which I have committed most of my professional life, and will be conferred in my adoptive city. I am pleased to have been able to teach generations of talented students at the University, and to have been able to play a small part in its growth from a solid Midlands university to a global university with an international reputation.”

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