Walter Adams (historian)

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Walter Adams, c. 1965
Director of the London School of Economics
In office
Preceded by Sydney Caine
Succeeded by Ralf Dahrendorf
Principal of the University College of Rhodesia
In office
December 1955 – 1967
Preceded by William Rollo
Succeeded by Terence Miller
Personal details
Born 1906
United Kingdom
Died 21 May 1975(1975-05-21) (aged 68–69)
New York City, New York, United States
Alma mater University College London

Sir Walter Adams CMG OBE (1906[1] – 21 May 1975) was a British historian and educationalist.

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.


  1. ^ The International Who's Who 1943-44. 8th edition. George Allen & Unwin, London, 1943, p. 5.

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Educational offices
Preceded by
William Rollo
Vice–Chancellors and principals of the University of Zimbabwe
1955 – 1966
Succeeded by
Terence Miller
Preceded by
Sydney Caine
Director of the London School of Economics
1967 – 1974
Succeeded by
Ralf Dahrendorf