Her Majesty The Queen,
21 May 1999
colloquially known as
the oldest college at
Oxford University, founded in 1249.
Here is a description
of the college, originally written in Latin, by
Thomas Neale (1519-1590?), Professor of Hebrew at Oxford, for
the visit of Queen Elizabeth I on 31st August 1566:
Now before your eyes a handsome college appear college appears which
although it is a section, has acquired the name of the entire
establishment. Just as in logic a section is often named after a group
and a single division frequently stands for the entire body. Archdeacon
Durham gave this college a name taken from a city which was
synonymous with learning.
Founded in the reign of
King Alfred in 873. Restored by William
Archdeacon of Durham in about 1249 A.D.
The claim that King Alfred founded the College is now
considered apocryphal, but makes a good tale anyway.
View of the college from the
The following on-line information is available:
Selected on-line Fellows of the College:
Some recent previous Masters of Univ.:
Selected on-line alumni:
Prof. W.J. Albery
First Master to be a Fellow of the
Previously Senior Research Associate,
Physical & Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory.
Now Barrer Fellow at
Imperial College, London.
Kingman Brewster (1986-1989).
Yale, ex-Ambassador to the Court of St. James.
Lord Goodman (1976-1986).
"The most famous solicitor in England."
Lord Redcliffe-Maud (1963-1976).
Ex-fellow, civil servant and ambassador.
Prof. A.L. Goodhart (1951-1963).
First American head of house in Oxford or Cambridge,
Professor of Jurisprudence.
See also a list of
Prof. Jonathan Bowen,
Professor of Computing,
London South Bank University.
42nd President of the USA.
Maurizio Giuliano, Milan, Italy.
Prof. Stephen Hawking, holder of the
Lucasian Chair of Mathematics at Cambridge.
entry in the
MacTutor History of Mathematics archive and a
photograph from a
picture gallery of famous physicists.
Prof. Bernard J. Hibbitts, Pittsburgh, USA.
Andrew Robinson, Literary Editor,
Times Higher Education Supplement, London.
Tel: +44-1865-276602 (enquiries)
If you have anything of historical interest concerning the
College, please contact the Archivist,
Dr. Robin Darwall-Smith
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