Kenneth Wheare

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Sir Kenneth Clinton Wheare, CMG (26 March 1907 – 7 September 1979)[1] was an Australian academic, who spent most of his career at Oxford University in England.[2] He was an expert on the history of the constitutions of the British Commonwealth.

Early life[edit]

Wheare was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne[1] and was later a student at Oriel College, Oxford, gaining a first class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and also undertaking postgraduate study.

Career[edit]

Political career[edit]

Wheare served on the Oxford City Council from 1940 to 1957.

Academic career[edit]

In 1944, he was appointed Gladstone Professor of Government at All Souls College. In 1956, he became Rector of Exeter College, Oxford. A gargoyle of his likeness is carved on the Bodleian Library, visible from the Exeter College Fellow's Garden.[1]

Wheare was Chairman of the Rhodes Trust (1962–69), President of the British Academy (1967–71), Chancellor of the University of Liverpool from 1972. He was also a Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford from 1964–66.[3]

Honours[edit]

He was appointed Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1953 and was knighted in 1966.

References[edit]

Academic offices
Preceded by
Eric Arthur Barber
Rector of Exeter College, Oxford
1956–1972
Succeeded by
W. Greig Barr
Preceded by
Walter Fraser Oakeshott
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
1964–1966
Succeeded by
Kenneth Turpin