Frank Thistlethwaite

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Frank Thistlethwaite

Frank Thistlethwaite CBE (24 July 1915 – 17 February 2003) was an English academic who served as the first Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia.

Early life[edit]

Thistlethwaite was born on 24 July 1915 at 11 Powell Street, Burnley, Lancashire, the elder son of Lee Thistlethwaite (1885-1973), cotton cloth merchant and manufacturer, and his wife Florence Nightingale nee Thornber (1892-1983),[1] youngest child of Sharp Thornber (1858-1933), cotton manufacturer, alderman and J.P., and Florence Nightingale (m. 1883; 1859-1917).[2] He was initially educated at Burnley Grammar School,[3] before attending Bootham School,[4][5] York and then St John's College, Cambridge (MA) and at the University of Minnesota.[6]

Career[edit]

Thistlethwaite served in the RAF from 1941–45, during which time he was seconded to the War Cabinet from 1942-45. A fellow of St John's College, Cambridge, Thistlethwaite served as a lecturer in the Faculty of Economics and Politics at the University of Cambridge from 1949-61. He was founding chairman of the British Association for American Studies (1955–59). He became the first Vice-Chancellor of the University of East Anglia in 1961 and remained the post until 1980. He was awarded a CBE in 1979.

Publications[edit]

  • The Great Experiment: An Introduction to the History of the American People (1955)
  • The Anglo-American Connection in the Early Nineteenth Century (1958)
  • Dorset Pilgrims: The Story of West Country Puritans who went to New England in the 17th Century (1989)
  • A Lancashire Family Inheritance (1996)
  • Our War 1938-45 (1997)

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1] National Biography: Thistlethwaite, accessed 9 Dec 2016
  2. ^ [2] TWO THORNBER FAMILIES IN BURNLEY, LANCASHIRE, ENGLAND: 1. A THORNBER FAMILY IN BURNLEY WITH ORIGINS IN GISBURN, YORKSHIRE, ENGLAND, accessed 9 Dec 2016
  3. ^ The Times - Obituaries Accessed 2010
  4. ^ Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
  5. ^ Bootham School Register. York, England: BOSA. 2011.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  6. ^ The Guardian - Obituaries Accessed 2010

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