Neil McKendrick

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Neil McKendrick
Born (1935-07-28) July 28, 1935 (age 82)
Spouse(s) Melveena McKendrick[1]
Scientific career
Fields History
Institutions University of Cambridge
Notable students [2] Quentin Skinner
Norman Stone
Richard Overy
Orlando Figes
David Reynolds
Andrew Roberts
Christopher Andrew

Neil McKendrick MA FRHistS (born 28 July 1935[3]) was the 40th Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He is now a life fellow of the college.

McKendrick is also an Emeritus Reader in History having taught Modern English Social and Economic History as well as Business, Literature and Society, 1690-1990. He is also a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.[4] During his time at the college he was successively Lecturer in History, Director of Studies in History, Graduate Tutor and Master.[5]

McKendrick was Chairman of the college committee which presided over the plans for the Cockerell Building, now the College Library, the Auditorium, and the public rooms in Gonville Court, directed by neo-classical architect John Simpson. More recently, he was even more deeply involved in their completion and their formal openings by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales — and in the refurbishment of the Master’s Lodge, also John Simpson’s work.[6]

McKendrick's name on Staircase L at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge in 2010.

Also under the Mastership of Neil McKendrick the College embarked on a fundraising appeal to support the construction of a new accommodation building, the Stephen Hawking Building, on the college's West Road site.

He featured in Pseuds Corner of the Private Eye:[7]

There were, of course, some serious setbacks. The year 2000 saw Russia draw ahead of Caius in the number of prizes it has won.
NEIL MCKENDRICK, Master of Gonville & Caius College Cambridge, writing in its annual record, The Caian
Pseuds Corner, Private Eye

McKendrick is the namesake of the Neil McKendrick Lectureship in History at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, currently held by Dr Melissa Calaresu.[8]

Offices held[edit]

Academic offices
Preceded by
Peter Gray
Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Sir Christopher Hum