John Coles (historian)

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John Morton Coles, FBA, FSA (born 1930) is an historian and academic. He was Professor of European Prehistory at the University of Cambridge from 1980 to 1986 and has been a fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, since 1963. Coles completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto and a PhD at the University of Edinburgh, where he was a research fellow (1959–60) before moving to the University of Cambridge as an assistant lecturer in 1960; he was promoted to a full lectureship in 1965 and a readership in 1976.[1] Coles is married to the archaeologist Bryony Coles.[1]

Honours and awards[edit]

Coles holds a higher doctorate (DSc) from the University of Cambridge.[1] He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1963[1] and a Fellow of the British Academy (the United Kingdom's national academy for the humanities) in 1978.[2] He has received an honorary doctorate from Uppsala University, and has been awarded the Grahame Clark Medal of the British Academy (1995), the Gold Medal of the Society of Antiquaries of London (2002), and the Gold Medal of the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities (2009), among other honours.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Coles, John Morton", Who's Who (online ed., Oxford University Press, December 2018). Retrieved 7 September 2019.
  2. ^ "Professor John Coles FBA", The British Academy. Retrieved 7 September 2019.