Lord John Charles Hatch

Biography of Lord John Charles Hatch

Lord John Charles Hatch of Lusby
Lord John Charles Hatch of Lusby

John Charles Hatch, Baron Hatch of Lusby, was a Lecturer in Commonwealth Studies at the University of Glasgow from 1948 to 1953.

Born on 1st of November 1917 in Stockport, Hatch was educated at Keighley Boys' Grammar School in Yorkshire. Hatch graduated with a degree in History from Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University, in 1942. Upon graduating, Hatch became a Lecturer for the National Council of Labour Colleges, before being employed as a Lecturer at the University of Glasgow in 1948. From 1944 to 1948 he was national organizer of the Independent Labour Party. In 1954 he was appointed head of the Commonwealth Department of the Labour Party, and in 1961 he became Director of the Extra-Mural Department of the University of Sierra Leone. John Hatch was Commonwealth Correspondent of the New Statesman from 1950 to 1970 and wrote numerous books on Africa, including The Dilemma of South Africa. Hatch's strong support for Nelson Mandela led to his banishment from South Africa.

In 1988 Hatch was elected Honorary Lecturer by the School of Development Studies at the University of East Anglia. He was a tireless campaigner against racial discrimination, and was proudly committed to his socialist beliefs. He died from heart failure on the 11th of October, 1992.


Lord John Charles Hatch
Born 1 November 1917.
Died 11 October 1992.
University Link: Lecturer
GU Degree:
Occupation categories: authors; politicians
Record last updated: 23rd Nov 2018

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