Robin Harrison

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Alick Robin Walsham Harrison CBE (15 November 1900 – 18 May 1969)[1] was an English academic, Warden of Merton College, Oxford from 1963 until his death in 1969. [2] [3]


Robin Harrison was born on 15 November 1900 in Hambledon, Surrey and was educated at Haileybury and Merton College, Oxford. He became a master at Westminster School and returned to Merton in 1930. In 1932 he married Margaret, eldest daughter of Sir David Ross.[4] He was a nephew of Sir Francis Younghusband and a cousin of Eileen Younghusband. At the start of the Second World War he entered government service in the Ministry of Food, where he became Deputy Director of Public Relations and Private Secretary to the minister Lord Woolton. He was awarded an OBE in 1943[5] and made a CBE in 1950.[6] That year he returned to Merton to take up his old job as Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History.[7] He served for a time as Domestic Bursar and was elected Warden in 1963.[8] He was involved in university planning and helped in the foundation of two new colleges, Wolfson and St. Cross. He was made an honorary fellow of both.[9]

He was the author of various academic books mainly dealing with law in the ancient world, including The Law of Athens.[10] He was a man of "untiring scholarship, good sense, and sound judgment".[11]

Harrison died on 18 May 1969 in Oxford.


  1. ^ "HARRISON, Alick Robin Walsham". Who Was Who. A & C Black. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Martin, G.H. & Highfield, J.R.L. (1997). A History of Merton College. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-920183-8.
  3. ^ "Mr A. R. W. Harrison", The Times [London, England], 19 May 1969: 10, The Times Digital Archive : 17 July 2012.
  4. ^ "Marriages". The Times. 16 December 1932. p. 17. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  5. ^ "The Birthday Honours". The Times. 4 June 1943. p. 8. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Birthday Honours". The Times. 8 June 1950. p. 3. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  7. ^ "University News". The Times. 4 March 1950. p. 8. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  8. ^ "New Warden Of Merton". The Times. 31 October 1962. p. 12. Retrieved 10 May 2013. 
  9. ^ Postmaster, 1969
  10. ^ Harrison, Robin (1968). The Law Of Athens. Oxford: Clarendon Press. ISBN 0198251726. 
  11. ^ de Ste. Croix, G. E. M. (December 1970). "Review of A. R. W. Harrison 'The Law of Athens: the Family and Property'". The Classical Review. New Series 20 (3): 387–390. doi:10.1017/S0009840X00227571. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Geoffrey Mure
Warden of Merton College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Rex Richards