James Fitzjames Duff

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Sir James Fitzjames Duff (1 February 1898 – 24 April 1970) was an English educator.

The son of James Duff Duff, he was educated at Winchester and Trinity College, Cambridge. He was professor of education at the University of Manchester from 1932 to 1937; alternating vice-chancellor and pro-vice-chancellor of Durham University from 1937 to 1960.

He was a member of several commissions and enquiries, including:

  • Asquith Commission on Higher Education in the Colonies (1943–45)
  • Elliot Commission on Higher Education in West Africa (1943–45)

He was a member of the Board of Governors of the BBC from 1959 to 1965; mayor of Durham City from 1959 to 1960; and Lord Lieutenant of Durham from 1964 to 1970. He was knighted in 1949.[citation needed]


Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir Robert Bolam
Warden & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Durham
Succeeded by
Sir Derman Christopherson & Charles Ion Carr Bosanquet
Honorary titles
Preceded by
The 10th Lord Barnard
Lord Lieutenant of Durham
Succeeded by
The 11th Lord Barnard