John Browne (academic)

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Dr John Browne D.D. (1687 - 1764) was an Oxford academic and administrator.[1] He was Fellow and Master of University College, Oxford,[2] and also served as Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University.[3]

John Browne was a student at University College and then a Fellow from 1711 to 1739. In 1738, Browne became Archdeacon of Northampton. In 1743, he became a Canon of Peterborough Cathedral. From 1745 he was Master of University College.

In 1753, as Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University, Browne chose the design for the Oxford Almanack. This included King Alfred, the supposed founder of University College at the time, in front of the Radcliffe Quad, University College's second quadrangle.

Browne bequeathed his books to the Master of University College and his successors.[4] The library was originally located in a ground-floor room in the Radcliffe Quad of the College. However, when a new Master's Lodging were built, the books were moved there. They form a decorative backdrop in the dining room in fitted bookcases.

He died on 7 August 1764.[5]


  1. ^ Papers, Oxford
  2. ^ Darwall-Smith, Robin, A History of University College, Oxford.Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-19-928429-0. John Browne, pages 266–274.
  3. ^ "Previous Vice-Chancellors". University of Oxford, UK. Retrieved July 15, 2011. 
  4. ^ Gibson, Strickland, Some Oxford Libraries, Oxford University Press, 1914. Digitized on
  5. ^ Alumni Oxonienses 1500-1714 pp189. Oxford,University of Oxford, 1891
Church of England titles
Preceded by
Richard Cumberland
Archdeacon of Northampton
Succeeded by
William Brown
Academic offices
Preceded by
Thomas Cockman
Master of University College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Nathan Wetherell
Preceded by
John Purnell
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
George Huddesford