Geoffrey Warnock

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Geoffrey Warnock
Born 16 August 1923
Leeds, England
Died 8 October 1995(1995-10-08) (aged 72)
Axford, Wiltshire, England
Alma mater New College, Oxford
Known for Philosopher and Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Title Sir
Spouse(s) Mary Warnock
Children 5

Sir Geoffrey James Warnock (16 August 1923 – 8 October 1995)[1] was a philosopher and Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University.[2] Before his knighthood (in the 1986 New Year Honours), he was commonly known as G. J. Warnock.

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Warnock was born in Leeds, in northern England, and was educated at Winchester College.[1] He then served with the Irish Guards until 1945, before entering New College, Oxford, with a classics scholarship. He was elected to a Fellowship at Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1949. After spending three years at Brasenose College, he returned to Magdalen as a Fellow and tutor in philosophy. In 1970, he was elected to Principal of Hertford College, Oxford (1971–1988), where there is now a society and student house named after him.[3] He was also the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford from 1981 to 1985.[2]

Warnock and his co-editor J. O. Urmson performed an invaluable service to the development of "analytic" or "linguistic" philosophy by preparing for publication the papers of their friend and fellow Oxford linguistic philosopher J. L. Austin.

Warnock married Mary Warnock, a philosophy fellow of St Hugh's College, Oxford, and later Baroness Warnock, in 1949. They had two sons and three daughters. He retired to live near Marlborough, Wiltshire, in 1988 and died in 1995 at Axford in Wiltshire.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
George Lindor Brown
Principal of Hertford College, Oxford
1971–1988
Succeeded by
Christopher Zeeman
Preceded by
Sir Rex Richards
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
1981–1985
Succeeded by
Lord Neill of Bladen