Richard Livingstone

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Sir Richard Winn Livingstone (23 January 1880 in Liverpool – 26 December 1960 in Oxford) was a British classical scholar, educationist, and academic administrator.[1][2] He promoted the classical liberal arts.


Livingstone was the son of an Anglican vicar; his mother was the daughter of an Irish baron. He was educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford. He remained at Oxford University until 1924 as fellow, tutor, and librarian at Corpus Christi College. In 1920, he served on the Prime Minister's committee on the classics. During 1920–22, he was co-editor of the Classical Review.

During 1924–33, Livingstone became Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland. He was knighted in 1931.

In 1933, Livingstone returned to Oxford, and became President of Corpus Christi College. In 1944, Livingstone delivered the Rede Lecture at Cambridge on Plato and modern education. He was Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University from 1944 until 1947.

Livingstone retired in 1950 and spent his final years writing and lecturing.



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Academic offices
Preceded by
Rev. Thomas Hamilton
President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast
Succeeded by
Sir Frederick Wolff Ogilvie
Preceded by
Percy Staffod Allen
President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Succeeded by
William Francis Ross Hardie
Preceded by
Sir William David Ross
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
William Teulon Swan Stallybrass