Downing Professor of the Laws of England
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|Downing Professor of the Laws of England
University of Cambridge
|Founder||Sir George Downing|
|First holder||Edward Christian|
The chair was founded in 1800 as a bequest of Sir George Downing, the founder of Downing College, Cambridge. The professorship was originally attached solely to Downing College (although the Professor undertook University activities). In the early 20th Century, for financial reasons, this professorship, together with the Downing Professor of Medicine, was severed from the College.
In 1788 Edward Christian, brother of Fletcher Christian, was appointed to the post prior to its official creation 12 years later. The current holder is Professor Sarah Worthington QC who was elected to the position in 2011.
- Edward Christian (1788/1800)
- Thomas Starkie (1823)
- Andrew Amos (1849)
- William Lloyd Birkbeck (1860)
- Frederic William Maitland (1888)
- Courtney Stanhope Kenny (1907)
- Harold Dexter Hazeltine (1919)
- Emlyn Capel Stewart Wade (1945)
- Sir W. Ivor Jennings KBE (1962)
- Richard Meredith Jackson (1966)
- Stanley Alexander de Smith (1970)
- Gareth H. Jones (1975)
- Sir John H. Baker (1998)
- Sarah Worthington (2011)
- "News - Professor Sarah Worthington QC". Southsquare. Retrieved 2012-03-18.