Sir Denis Brogan

Biography of Sir Denis Brogan

Denis William Brogan
Denis William Brogan

The Denis Brogan Professor of American Studies is named for Sir Denis William Brogan (1900-1974), an international authority on American and French political history.

Brogan was born in Glasgow and graduated MA from the University in 1923. He went on to graduate with a first class in History at Balliol College, Oxford and to study at Harvard on a Rockefeller scholarship. After a brief stint working as a journalist at The Times, he became a lecturer in History at University College, London. He was appointed a lecturer in Politics at the LSE in 1930 and in 1934 a tutor at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. In 1939 he was elected Professor of Political Science at Cambridge.

During the Second World War, Brogan served as an intelligence officer to the European and American services of the BBC. He returned to Cambridge after the War, and remained there until his retirement in 1968. He was awarded an LLD by the University in 1946, and was knighted in 1963.

Brogan left a large collection of his books and personal papers to the University. The Brogan Collection includes 120 of his published works on American and French political history, including some of his best known books, journal articles and chapter contributions. In addition to the published works the University holds some of Brogan's personal papers, including drafts of his lectures and newspaper cuttings.


Sir Denis Brogan

Born 11 August 1900, Glasgow, Scotland.
Died 5 January 1974.
University Link: Alumnus, Benefactor, Honorary Graduate
GU Degree: MA, 1923;
Occupation categories: historians; political scientists
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P3616
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Record last updated: 15th Feb 2017

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