Biography of John Hiden
Professor John Hiden was Senior Honorary Research Fellow in Central and East European Studies at the University of Glasgow since 2003. He was one of the leading figures in Baltic Studies and German history.
Hiden was Professor of European History at the University of Bradford for over 32 years, and Emeritus Professor at Bradford from 2001, from where he founded and ran the Baltic Research Unit (BRU) from 1988. As a Senior Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Glasgow, Hiden co-authored, with Professor David Smith, Ethnic Diversity and the Nation State, published in May 2012, and donated an extensive archive of materials to the University library. Bradford and Glasgow universities collaborated to produce a co-edited Festschrift (Forgotten Pages in Baltic History) in honour of Hiden, which was presented at the Latvian Embassy in London in October 2011.
Hiden was granted the award of the Order of Grand Duke Gediminas and the Order of the Cross of Terra Mariana by the Presidents of Lithuania and Estonia respectively. He was also awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Klaipeda and was appointed a member of the Latvian Historical Commission and the Baltische Historische Kommission.