William Henry Hadow

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William Henry Hadow
MA, CBE, Hon. D Mus
Vice-Chancellor & Warden of the University of Durham
In office
Preceded by The Very Rev'd Prof Henry Gee
Succeeded by John Stapylton Grey Pemberton
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield
In office
Preceded by William Ripper
Succeeded by Arthur Wallace Pickard-Cambridge
Personal details
Born 1859
Died 1937
Alma mater Worcester College, Oxford
Profession Academic, Educationalist and Vice-Chancellor

Sir William Henry Hadow CBE (27 December 1859 – 8 April 1937) was a leading educational reformer in Great Britain and a musicologist.


Hadow was born at Ebrington, Gloucester, England. He studied at Malvern College,[1] followed by Worcester College, Oxford, where he taught and became Dean (1889).[2] In 1905, Hadow was elected the first Old Malvernian member of the Council of Malvern College.[3] In 1909, he was appointed principal of Armstrong College in the Newcastle Division of Durham University before succeeding, as Warden & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Durham in 1916. In 1919, he was appointed the Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield University (1919–30).

As chairman of several committees, he published a series of reports on education, notably The Education of the Adolescent (1926) which called for the re-organization of elementary education, the abandonment of all-age schools, and the creation of secondary modern schools. These became known as the Hadow Reports. He was a leading influence in English education at all levels in the 1920s and 1930s.

Hadow wrote a number of publications on music and music theory, including the Oxford History of Music which he wrote and edited. He was a composer. He was also a Member of the Council of the Royal College of Music.

He was awarded a Knight Bachelor in 1918[4] and a CBE in 1920.

He died at Westminster, London.


  • Music (1925) Williams and Norgate Ltd, England
  • Collected Essays (1928) Oxford University Press
  • English Music (1931) Longmans Green & Co, London
  • Beethoven's Opus Eighteen Quartets
  • William Byrd 1623-1923 (1920) Humphrey Milford, London
  • A Comparison of Poetry and Music (1926) Cambridge University Press
  • Sonata form


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Academic offices
Preceded by
The Revd Henry Gee
Warden & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Durham
Succeeded by
John Stapylton Grey Pemberton
Preceded by
William Ripper
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield
Succeeded by
Arthur Wallace Pickard-Cambridge