Humphrey Tonkin

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Humphrey Tonkin
Humphrey Tonkin on UK 2008.jpg
Tonkin in 2008
4th President of the
University of Hartford
In office
Preceded byStephen J. Trachtenberg
Succeeded byWalter Harrison (university administrator)
Personal details
Humphrey R. Tonkin

(1939-12-02) 2 December 1939 (age 81)
Alma materCambridge University, Harvard University
WebsiteOffice of the President

Humphrey R. Tonkin (born 2 December 1939) is professor of English, and served as the 4th president of the University of Hartford.[1] He is also a dedicated Esperantist.


Born in Truro, UK, Tonkin is a dual citizen of the U.K. and the U.S. He earned his undergraduate degree from Cambridge University and his PhD from Harvard University. His academic specialities include the English Renaissance and Edmund Spenser, as well as language use and international languages.

As a professor of the University of Pennsylvania, Tonkin in 1970 received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. In 1974 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for a research year at Oxford University. The years 1980–81 he spent as a guest professor at Columbia University; in 1983 he became president of the Potsdam College of the State University of New York. From 1989 he was president of the University of Hartford. In 2006 he received the Cassandra Pyle Award for Leadership and Collaboration in International Education and Exchange. He currently teaches Shakespeare and Development of Theatre at the University of Hartford's Hartt School.

As an Esperantist, Tonkin has written and translated numerous works in and about the language. Between 1974 and 1980 as well as between 1986 and 1989 he was president of the Universal Esperanto Association. In 1983 he was among the founders of the Esperantophone Akademio Internacia de la Sciencoj San Marino (AIS). Tonkin is also a member of the Akademio de Esperanto.[2]

Tonkin is one of the editors of the journal Language Problems and Language Planning.


  1. ^ "Dr. Humphrey Tonkin". Retrieved 13 August 2018.
  2. ^ "Akademio de Esperanto: Membraro". Retrieved 13 December 2008.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
4th President of the University of Hartford
Succeeded by
Universal Esperanto Association
Preceded by
1974 – 1980
Succeeded by