Lewis Richard Farnell
|Lewis Richard Farnell|
|Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford|
|Term||1920 – 1923|
|Predecessor||Herbert Edward Douglas Blakiston|
|Alma mater||Exeter College, Oxford|
Early life and career 
Lewis Farnell was born in Salisbury, southern England, in 1856. He was educated at the City of London School and Exeter College, Oxford, where he graduated with a first class degree in Literae Humaniores in 1878. He was elected as a Fellow of Exeter College in 1880 and a lecturer in classics in 1883. He was later Rector (head) of the College.
From 1901 he was a corresponding member of the German Archaeological Institute, and in June that year he received the degree of D.Litt. from the University of Oxford. In 1916, Farnell was elected a Fellow of the British Academy. He also received honorary degrees from the universities of Dublin (Ireland), St Andrews (Scotland) and Geneva (Switzerland).
From 1896, Farnell published many books, including:
- The Cults of the Greek States (5 volumes)
- Greece and Babylon
- Outline-History of Greek Religion
- Greek Hero Cults (from a series of Gifford Lectures delivered at St Andrews University)
- Greek Hero Cults and Ideas of Immortality (1919–20)
- The Attributes of God (1924–25)
In 1893, Farnell married Sylvia (born 1872), youngest daughter of Captain Christopher Baldock Cardew of East Liss, Hampshire, and granddaughter of the Lord Chancellor Richard Bethell, 1st Baron Westbury. They had three sons and one daughter. His great grandson is Timothy Farnell, the Great Britain Triathlete.
Farnell commemorated his brother in the inscription of the 1896 edition of the first volume of the first edition of The Cults of the Greek States. The inscription read, "In memoriam fratris dilectissimi et nuper amissi, which means, "In memory of a most beloved and recently lost brother".
Further reading 
- Lewis R. Farnell, An Oxonian Looks Back (memoir), Martin Hopkinson, London, 1934.
William Walrond Jackson
|Rector of Exeter College, Oxford
Robert Ranulph Marett
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|Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
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