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Ronald Burrows
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Ronald Montagu Burrows

16 August 1867
Died14 May 1920(1920-05-14) (aged 52)
London, England
Alma materChrist Church, Oxford
Known forMinoan civilization
Scientific career

Ronald Montagu Burrows (16 August 1867 – 14 May 1920) was a British archaeologist and academic, who served as Principal of King's College London from 1913 to 1920.


Burrows was born on 16 August 1867 in Rugby, Warwickshire, England, where his father was a master of Rugby School. He was educated at Charterhouse School and Christ Church, Oxford.[1]

He began is academic career as an assistant to the Professor of Greek at the University of Glasgow from 1891 to 1897. He was then appointed Professor of Greek at University College, Cardiff, where he taught from 1898 until 1908. He was Hulme Professor of Greek at the University of Manchester between 1908 and 1913. In 1913, he was appointed Principal of King's College London, a post he held until his death in 1920.[1]

Burrows was also a noted archaeologist who performed excavations in Greece at Pílos (ancient Pylos, on the Coryphasium promontory) and the nearby island of Sfaktiría. Much of this work helped to establish studies of the Minoan civilization. With Percy and Annie Ure, he undertook important excavations at Rhitsona in Boeotia, Greece.

He was also involved in bringing Greece into the First World War as a political and military ally of Britain.


  1. ^ a b "Burrows, Ronald Montagu (1867–1920), classical scholar and university principal". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press. 23 September 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-37248. Retrieved 11 November 2018.


  • George Glasgow, Ronald Burrows: a memoir. London, 1924.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Arthur Headlam
Principal of King's College London
Succeeded by
Sir Ernest Barker