Walter Adams (historian)
Walter Adams, c. 1965
|Director of the London School of Economics|
|Preceded by||Sydney Caine|
|Succeeded by||Ralf Dahrendorf|
|Principal of the University College of Rhodesia|
December 1955 – 1967
|Preceded by||William Rollo|
|Succeeded by||Terence Miller|
|Died||21 May 1975
New York City, New York, United States
|Alma mater||University College London|
Adams was educated at University College London and was a lecturer in history there from 1926 to 1934. He was a Rockefeller Fellow in the United States from 1929 to 1930 and organising secretary of the Second International Congress of the History of Science and Technology in 1931.
He served as secretary of the Academic Assistance Council from 1933 to 1938 and of the London School of Economics from 1938 to 1946, also serving as deputy head of the British Political Warfare Mission in the United States from 1942 to 1944 and assistant deputy director-general of the Political Intelligence Department of the Foreign Office in 1945.
After the war, he served as secretary of the Inter-University Council for Higher Education in the Colonies from 1946 to 1955, principal of the College of Rhodesia and Nyasaland from 1955 to 1967, and finally as director of the London School of Economics from 1967 to 1974.
Adams was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1945 and Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) in 1952 and was knighted in 1970.
- "Former Directors of the LSE". LSE.ac.uk. London School of Economics. Retrieved 28 May 2009.
- "Walter adams, educator, dead". The New York Times. May 21, 1975. p. 42. Retrieved November 26, 2011.
Sir Walter Adams, the controversial former director of the London School of Economics and Political Science...died here today of a heart attack.
|Vice–Chancellors and principals of the University of Zimbabwe
1955 – 1966
|Director of the London School of Economics
1967 – 1974