Robert Wade-Gery

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Sir Robert Wade-Gery KCMG KCVO (22 April 1929 – 16 February 2015) was a British diplomat who was High Commissioner to India 1982–87.


Robert Lucian Wade-Gery was educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford, where he achieved a double first class degree. He then passed the examination to become a Fellow of All Souls 1951–58; subsequently he was a "Fifty-Pound Fellow" 1959–73 and a "Two-Year Fellow" 1987–89; he was an Honorary Fellow from 2011 until his death in 2015.[1] At the same time he joined the Foreign Service in 1951[2] and served at Bonn, Tel Aviv and Saigon as well as posts at the Foreign Office (later the Foreign and Commonwealth Office). He was Minister at Madrid 1973–77 and at Moscow 1977–79, deputy Secretary of the Cabinet 1979–82, and High Commissioner to India 1982–87. He then left the Diplomatic Service and was a director of Barclays Capital 1987–99. He was a member and treasurer (1991–2005) of the International Institute for Strategic Studies, and was chairman of the governors of the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (1990–1999).

Wade-Gery was appointed CMG in the Queen's Birthday Honours of 1979,[3] knighted KCMG in the New Year Honours of 1983[4] and given the additional knighthood of KCVO in November 1983.[5]


Robert Wade-Gery was the son of Theodore Wade-Gery who was professor of Ancient History in the University of Oxford.


  1. ^ Sir Robert Wade-Gery, Honorary Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford
  2. ^ "No. 40417". The London Gazette. 25 February 1955. p. 1169.
  3. ^ "No. 47869". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 1979. p. 3.
  4. ^ "No. 49212". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 1982. p. 4.
  5. ^ "No. 49569". The London Gazette. 13 December 1983. p. 16478.

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Sir John Thomson
High Commissioner to India
Succeeded by
Sir David Goodall