Early life and education
McKitterick was born on 9 January 1948 to the Revd Canon J. H. B. McKitterick and Marjory McKitterick (née Quarterman). He was educated at King's College School, an independent school in Wimbledon, London. He studied at St John's College, Cambridge, graduating with a Bachelor of arts (BA) degree in 1969: as per tradition, his BA was promoted to a Master of Arts (MA Cantab) in 1973. He studied library science at University College London, completing a diploma (DipLib) in 1971.
He worked at the Cambridge University Library from 1969 to 1970 and from 1971 to 1986. He was a Fellow of Darwin College, Cambridge from 1978 to 1986. He was elected a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge: he served as its librarian from 1986 to 2015 and its Vice-Master from 2012 to 2016. He held the Lyell Readership in Bibliography at the University of Oxford in the 1999/2000 academic year. In 2006, he was made an Honorary Professor of Historical Bibliography by the University of Cambridge.
He is the author of various works on bibliography and library history, including a history of Cambridge University Library in the 18th and 19th centuries.
On 23 November 1989, McKitterick was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA). In 1995, he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities and social sciences.
- Trinity College Cambridge
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