Professor Robert George Murdoch Nisbet

Biography of Professor Robert George Murdoch Nisbet

Professor Robin Nisbet
Professor Robin Nisbet

Robert George Murdoch Nisbet (Robin) graduated from the University of Glasgow MA 1947.

Robin Nisbet was born on 21 May 1925 into an academic family. His father, R. G. Nisbet, was a lecturer of Humanities at the University of Glasgow for over 35 years.

Robin first entered the University in 1943 and studied subjects such as Latin, Greek and Political Economy before graduating with an undergraduate degree in classics in 1947. He then went to Oxford’s Baliol College, on the prestigious Snell Exhibition, to read for a second undergraduate degree in classics. He moved to Corpus Christi College as a junior research fellow in 1951, was appointed as a Tutorial Fellow in 1952 and was elected as Corpus Professor of Latin in 1970. He played an important role in the administration of classics at Oxford University.

Robin Nisbet was a very influential Latin scholar, producing important works on Cicero, Horace, Catullus, and Juvenal. He retired in 1992 to Cumnor, with his wife Anne, and was elected to an Honorary Fellowship at Corpus. He also held an Honorary Fellowship at Balliol and was a Fellow of the British Academy.

Professor Robin Nisbet died 14 May 2013.


Professor Robert George Murdoch Nisbet
Born 21 May 1925.
Died 14 May 2013.
University Link: Graduate
GU Degree: MA, 1947; classics,
Occupation categories: professors
Additional Information: Information sent by Trevor (G. James, BVM&S MRCVS)
Record last updated: 29th Jan 2015

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