James Franck Bright

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The Shelley Memorial at University College, opened on 14 June 1893 during the mastership of Franck Bright.[1]

James Franck Bright (29 May 1832 – 23 October 1920) was a British historian and Master of University College, Oxford.[1][2]

Franck Bright was born in London, United Kingdom, the son of the physician Richard Bright. He was educated at Rugby and University College, Oxford,[3] (he gained an Oxford Master of Arts {MA Oxon} and a Doctor of Divinity {DD}) and was then a schoolmaster at Marlborough College, where he was Head of the Modern Department for sixteen years. Bright became a history tutor at Balliol College in 1872, Dean of University College in 1874, and Master of University College from 1881 to 1906. He died at Ditchingham, Norfolk, UK.

Bright wrote a history of Victorian England, "The Growth of Democracy", and a biography of Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor.[4]

Selected works[edit]

  • English History for the Use of Public Schools
  • Joseph II (1905)[5]
  • Maria Theresa
  • The Growth of Democracy


  1. ^ a b Darwall-Smith, Robin (2008). "James Franck Bright and the Healing of Wounds". A History of University College, Oxford. Oxford University Press. pp. 406–422. ISBN 978-0-19-928429-0. 
  2. ^ "Bright, James Franck", The Concise Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 1992.
  3. ^ Bickerton, Fred, Fred of Oxford. London: Evans Brothers Limited, 1953, pages 130–131.
  4. ^ "James Franck Bright (1832–1880)". PictureHistory. Retrieved 6 January 2014.  External link in |website= (help)
  5. ^ Bright, J. Franck (1905). Joseph II. Archive.org. London: Macmillan & Co. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
George Bradley
Master of University College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Reginald Walter Macan