Charles Morris, Baron Morris of Grasmere

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Charles Richard Morris, Baron Morris of Grasmere KCMG (25 January 1898 – 30 May 1990) was an academic philosopher and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds.

Morris was born in Sutton Valence, Kent, and educated at Tonbridge School and Trinity College, Oxford. From 1921 to 1943 he was fellow and tutor in philosophy at Balliol College, Oxford. However, from 1939 during the Second World War he worked as a civil servant. He was appointed headmaster of King Edward's School, Birmingham, in 1941, taking up the post in 1943. He then became Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leeds from 1948 to 1963.[1] In 1966 the University opened the Charles Morris Hall of Residence named after him.[2] In 1955 he opened Netherhall School, Maryport, in Maryport, Cumbria.

Morris served as the chairman of both the Council for Training in Social Work and the Council for the Training of Health Visitors.[3]

In 1967 he became a life peer as "Baron Morris of Grasmere, of Grasmere in the County of Westmorland".[4] He died at Grasmere in 1990 aged 92.[1]

Family life[edit]

Morris's wife, Mary, was the daughter of Ernest de Sélincourt: they had a son and a daughter, and wrote a book together, A History of Political Ideas.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Oxford Dictionary of National Biography accessed 25 July 2009
  2. ^ Pevsner, Nikolaus (1967). Yorkshire : The West Riding (2 ed.). London: Penguin. p. 639. ISBN 0140710175. 
  3. ^ Hansard, House of Lords, Vol. 310, Col. 735, 11 May 1970.
  4. ^ London Gazette 17 January 1967
Academic offices
Preceded by
Bernard Mouat Jones
Vice-Chancellor, University of Leeds
Succeeded by
Roger Stevens