Maurice Gwyer

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Sir Maurice Gwyer (extreme right).

Sir Maurice Linford Gwyer, GCIE, KCB, KCSI, KC (25 April 1878 – 12 October 1952) was a British lawyer, judge, and academic administrator. He served as Vice-Chancellor of Delhi University from 1938 to 1950, and Chief Justice of India from 1937 to 1943). He is credited with having founded the prestigious college Miranda House in 1948 in Delhi, India.[1][2]


Gwyer was born to John Edward Gwyer and Edith Gwyer (née Linford), and he had a sister, Barbara Gwyer.[3] He was educated at Highgate School from 1887 to 1892, Westminster School and Christ Church, Oxford.[4]

He was appointed CB (1921), KCB (1928), KCSI (1935), and GCIE (1948). He became an honorary student of Christ Church (1937), an honorary DCL of Oxford (1939), LLD of Travancore (1943) and Patna (1944), and DLitt of Delhi (1950).

He died at his home, 14 Kepplestone, Eastbourne, Sussex, on 12 October 1952, and was buried at St Marylebone cemetery, East Finchley, on 17 October.


  1. ^ Chhatra, G.S. (2007). Advanced Study in the History of Modern India. Lotus Press. p. 90. ISBN 81-89093-08-8. 
  2. ^ "SIR MAURICE GWYER". New York Times. 14 October 1952. 
  3. ^ Keene, Anne (January 2007). "Gwyer, Barbara Elizabeth (1881–1974)". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  4. ^ Thomson, W Sinclair (Ed) (1927). Highgate School Roll 1833-1922 (3rd ed.). p. 127. 

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