Biography of William Ranulf Brock
William Ranulf Brock (1916-2014) was Professor of Modern History at the University from 1967 to 1981.
Brock studied at Christ's Hospital and Trinity College, Cambridge, before joining the army during the Second World War and serving in Jamaica. He was briefly an assistant master at Eton College before becoming Fellow of Selwyn College, Cambridge, from 1947 until his appointment to the Glasgow Chair twenty years later.
Originally a student of British political history, Brock became increasingly interested in the USA and wrote a number of influential monographs including The Character of American History (1960) and Scotus Americanus (1982). In 1976 he set up the Denis Brogan Centre at the Department of History, as a focal point for the study of American history.
Professor William Ranulf Brock (In memoriam - University of Cambridge) died on the 12th November 2014, aged 98.