Frank Byron Jevons
|Vice-Chancellor of the University of Durham|
|Preceded by||The Very Revd Dr George William Kitchin|
|Succeeded by||Prof Sir George Hare Philipson|
|Master of Hatfield College, Durham|
|Preceded by||The Right Revd Archibald Robertson|
|Succeeded by||Professor Arthur Robinson|
|Spouse(s)||Ellen Louisa Cox|
|Alma mater||Wadham College, Oxford|
|Profession||Academic and Vice-Chancellor|
Frank Byron Jevons (1858–1936) was a polymath, academic and administrator of Durham University.
He was the first Censor of St Cuthbert's Society from 1892 until 1897, a role he performed with "skill and humanity". In 1897 he was appointed as Master of Hatfield College where he remained until 1922. He also served as Vice-Chancellor of the university between 1910 and 1912 and Pro Vice-Chancellor between 1912 and 1914 and 1916 to 1921.
He was Professor of Philosophy between 1910 and 1930 and presided at the inaugural meeting of the World Congress of Philosophy in 1923. One of the last Victorian polymaths, in the twenty years before and after 1900, he gave himself successively to the study of classics, philosophy, sociology, history, anthropology, and comparative religion.
A portrait hangs in the refectory of Hatfield College.
Social and national issues
He was concerned with social and national issues, especially the education of the working classes and of women.
He was author of eighteen scholarly texts some of which, for example A History of Greek Literature: From the Earliest Period to the Death of Demosthenes (1886), An Introduction to the Study of Comparative Religion (1908), and Comparative Religion (Cambridge Manual of Science and Literature) (1913) remain in print.
He also wrote on other fields in which subsequent technical advances have been radical and rapid, such as evolution. Such works understandably are no longer commonly in print, but they remain of interest for their clarity, logic, and sound representation of the perspective of his day.
Other writings available online include:
- A Manual of Greek Antiquities (as co-author of Percy Gardner)
- An Introduction to the History of Religion
- Philosophy: What is It?
- The idea of God in early religions
List of works
Jevons wrote, co-authored, or translated the following books (some titles may be duplicates):
- Jevons, Frank Byron (2011). Comparative Religion. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1107401754.
- Jevons, Frank Byron. Graeco-Italian Magic.
- Jevons, Frank Byron. Magic.
- Jevons, Frank Byron (1900). Evolution. Methuen.
- Jevons, Frank Byron (1886). A History of Greek Literature: From the Earliest Period to the Death of Demosthenes.
- Jevons, Frank Byron. Masks and Acting. ISBN 978-1-113-28297-2.
- Jevons, Frank Byron. Personality. ISBN 978-1-112-31066-9.
- Plutarch (1892) [c.100]. Jevons, Frank Byron, ed. Plutarch's Romane Questions. based on 1603 translation by Philemon Holland. David Nutt in The Strand. ISBN 978-1-117-10776-9.
- Jevons, Frank Byron (1908). An Introduction To The Study Of Comparative Religion. The Macmillan Company. ISBN 9781178627886.
- Jevons, Frank Byron. Prehistoric Antiquities Of The Aryan Peoples: A Manual Of Comparative Philology And The Earliest Culture Being The Sprachvergleichung Und Urgeschichte Of Dr. O. Schrader. ISBN 978-0-548-09482-2.
- Jevons, Frank Byron. Religion In Evolution. ISBN 978-1-172-27073-6.
- Jevons, Frank Byron. The Development of the Athenian Democracy. ISBN 978-1-241-40147-4.
- Jevons, Frank Byron. The Evolution of the Religious Consciousness.
- Jevons, Frank Byron. The Makers of Hellas: A Critical Inquiry Into the Philosophy and Religion of Ancient Greece. ISBN 978-1-148-28157-5.
The Very Revd George William Kitchin
|Warden & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Durham
1910 - 1912
Prof Sir George Hare Philipson
- Tudor, Henry, 'St. Cuthbert's Society, 1888-1988: the history of 'a modest but exciting institution in the University of Durham'. 1988.
- Davies, Douglas James. Frank Byron Jevons, 1858-1936 An Evolutionary Realist. 1991.
- Jevons, Frank Byron; Evolution; Pub. Methuen 1900; available online from e.g. 
- "Review: An Introduction to the History of Religion by F. B. Jevons". The Athenæum (3610): 11–12. 2 January 1897.
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