Professor Gilbert Austin Davies

Biography of Professor Gilbert Austin Davies

Gilbert Austin Davis was born in London on 15th September 1868 in Shepherd’s Bush, London. He was educated at Aldenham Grammar School, Owen’s College, Manchester and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was a Major scholar in 1887 and a Fellow from 1892 to 1898. From there he progressed in an academic career and was appointed first to the Chair of Greek at Liverpool University in 1898 and then to the Chair at the University of Glasgow, from 1906 to 1934. He was a middle-aged man, 45 in 1914, when war began, but he nevertheless volunteered for Red Cross work abroad with the Serbian Relief Fund. He was not in very robust health but he worked conscientiously and in awful conditions to tend the wounded and sick in Macedonia. This effort was recognised by the award of the Serbian Order of St Sava.

Professor Davies was a scholarly, courteous man who always took on more than his share of the work of his Department. He published a number of school texts and commentaries. Though diligent and scholarly, he did not leave his mark on his subject’s literature, but did leave a lasting impression on students and colleagues, both for his learning and his kindness. Professor Arnold Gomme, who had been a colleague since 1911 and was appointed to the Chair in 1946 recalled: ‘He was retiring, but not shy; his house was a hospitable one, and in his lighter moments he would entertain the Alexandrian Society at the piano. He belonged to an old school, of the kind which, happily, seems to return in every generation, and those who knew him well will not lightly forget him.’ He was honoured with an LLD from Lancaster in 1934, in the year he retired.

Professor Davies died on 26th July 1948.



Professor Gilbert Austin Davies
Rank: Professor
Regiment: Serbian Relief Fund
Degree: N/A
Awards: Serbian Order of St Sava
Comments: N/A
Note/Press Clipping: N/A
Photo ID: N/A


Obituary, The College Courant, Vol 1 (1948) p59

There are no comments available.