Geoffrey Warnock

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Sir Geoffrey Warnock
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford
In office
Chancellor The Earl of Stockton
Preceded by Sir Rex Richards
Succeeded by The Lord Neill of Bladen
Personal details
Born (1923-08-16)16 August 1923
Leeds, England
Died 8 October 1995(1995-10-08) (aged 72)
Axford, Wiltshire, England
Spouse(s) Mary Wilson (m. 1949)
Children 5
Alma mater Winchester College
New College, Oxford
Known for Philosopher and Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University

Sir Geoffrey James Warnock (16 August 1923 – 8 October 1995)[1] was a philosopher and Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University.[2] Before his knighthood (in the 1986 New Year Honours), he was commonly known as G. J. Warnock.


Warnock was born in Leeds, in northern England, and was educated at Winchester College.[1] He then served with the Irish Guards until 1945, before entering New College, Oxford, with a classics scholarship. He was elected to a Fellowship at Magdalen College, Oxford, in 1949. After spending three years at Brasenose College, he returned to Magdalen as a Fellow and tutor in philosophy. In 1970, he was elected to Principal of Hertford College, Oxford (1971–1988), where there is now a society and student house named after him.[3] He was also the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford from 1981 to 1985.[2]

Warnock and his co-editor J. O. Urmson performed an invaluable service to the development of "analytic" or "linguistic" philosophy by preparing for publication the papers of their friend and fellow Oxford linguistic philosopher J. L. Austin.

Warnock married Mary Wilson, a fellow philosopher of St Hugh's College, Oxford, and later Baroness Warnock, in 1949. They had two sons and three daughters.[4][5] He retired to live near Marlborough, Wiltshire, in 1988 and died in 1995 at Axford in Wiltshire.



  1. ^ a b Torrance, John (16 October 1995). "Obituary: Sir Geoffrey Warnock — Obituaries, News". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2010-12-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Previous Vice-Chancellors". University of Oxford, UK. Retrieved July 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ Geoffrey Warnock student accommodation Archived 2005-10-01 at the Wayback Machine., Hertford College, Oxford, UK.
  4. ^ "Belief transcript: Mary Warnock interview". archived at the Wayback Machine, 6 February 2007. Archived from the original on 6 February 2007. 
  5. ^ "House of Lords". TheyWorkForYou. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 3 August 2013. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
George Lindor Brown
Principal of Hertford College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Christopher Zeeman
Preceded by
Sir Rex Richards
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
Lord Neill of Bladen