Biography of William Mackenzie
William James Millar Mackenzie (1909-1996) was the University's first James Bryce Professor of Government (the name was subsequently changed to Politics) from 1966 to 1970. He was Edward Caird Professor of Politics from 1970 to 1974.
Mackenzie was a graduate of Balliol College, Oxford (MA) and the University of Edinburgh (LLB). He was a Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford from 1933 to 1948, with an interval of five years during the Second World War when he served as a temporary civil servant in the Air Ministry. He was the official war historian of the Special Operations Executive.
In 1948, Mackenzie was appointed a lecturer in Politics at Oxford, and he went to the University of Manchester the following year as Professor of Government. He was a special commissioner for constitutional development in Tanganyika in 1952, constitutional adviser to the Kenyan Government in 1959, and Vice-Chairman of the Bridges Committee on Training in Public Administration for Overseas Countries in 1962. He was made a CBE in 1963.