Robert Arthur Humphreys

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Robert Arthur (Robin) Humphreys OBE (6 June 1907 - 1999) was the founder of Latin American studies in the United Kingdom. He was Director from 1965-74 of the Institute of Latin American Studies, and President from 1964-8 of the Royal Historical Society. He was awarded the OBE in 1946.[1]


He went to Lincoln Christ's Hospital School and then Peterhouse, Cambridge. He was appointed assistant lecturer in American history at University College London (UCL) in 1934. During World War II he worked at the British Foreign Office in a research capacity. After the war he returned to UCL and was promoted to Reader, and then, in 1948, became the UK's first professor of Latin American history.[1] In 1965 he became the founding Director of the University of London's Institute of Latin American Studies, and during this time was also President of the Royal Historical Society[1] (1964-8).


  1. ^ a b c Lynch, John (2001), "Obituary: Robert Arthur Humphreys (1907-1999)", Hispanic American Historical Review, 81(1):135-138; doi:10.1215/00182168-81-1-135
Academic offices
Preceded by
Goronwy Edwards
President of the Royal Historical Society
Succeeded by
Richard Southern