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Cambridge Vice-Chancellors

Over 400 Vice-Chancellors have served the University over the course of the last six centuries. Since 1992, Vice Chancellors have not been Heads of Colleges in the University.

Date elected Name and title(s) Position College
1412 Thomas Ashwell Friar  
1417 Henry Stockton    
1418 Nicholas de Swaffham Carmelite  
1454, 55 Nicholas Gay   PET
1457 William Millington Provost K
1463, 64 John Roclyffe   PET
1465, 66 Thomas Stoyle Master CL
1467 William Uttyng MA  
1468 William Smyth DD  
1470-72 Edmund Conisborough   CC
1472-75 Thomas Stoyle (again)    
1475, 76 William Towne    
1485 Thomas Tuppin DD  
1487, 88 John Riplingham DD Vice-President Q
1489 John Camberton DD Fellow PEM
1493 William Rawson   Fellow PEM
1494, 95 William Stockdale DD Fellow PET
1495 John Dolman [Dowman] LLD  
1496 Henry Rudd LLD  
1497 John Smith DD Fellow K
1499, 1500 John Smith (again) DD Fellow K
1500 Henry Babington DD Fellow PET
1501 John Fisher DD Master Mich
1502 Humphrey Fitzwilliam DD Fellow PemH
1503 Geoffrey Knight DD Fellow Q
1504 John Smith (again) DD Fellow K
1505 Richard Burton DD  
1506 John Eccleston DD Master JE
1507 William Robson DD  
1508, 09 William Buckenham DD  
1510, 11 Thomas Thompson DD Master CHR
1512, 13 John Fawne DD Vice-President Q
1514, 15 John Eccleston (again) DD Master JE
1516 Robert Dowsing [Dussing] DD  
1517 Edmund Natares [Natures] DD Master ClaH
1518, 19 John Watson DD Master CHR
1520 Ed. Natares [Natures] (again)   Master ClaH
1521 Thomas Stackhouse DD Master Mich
1522 John Edmunds DD Master PET
1523 Thomas Green BD Master CathH
1524 Henry Bullock DD Fellow Q
1525, 26 Ed. Natares [Natures] (again)   Master ClaH
1527, 28 John Edmunds (again) DD Master PET
1529 William Buckmaster DD Fellow PET
1530, 31 John Watson (again) DD Master CHR
1532, 33 Simon Heynes DD President Q
1534, 35 John Crayford MA Master ClaH
1536 Francis Mallet DD Master Mich
1537 George Day DD Master JN
1538, 39 William Buckmaster DD Fellow PET
1540 John Edmunds (again) DD Master PET
1540 Francis Mallet (again) DD Master Mich
1541 Richard Standish LLD  
1542 John Edmunds (again) DD Master PET
1542 Richard Standish (again) LLD  
1543 John Edmunds DD Master PET
1543, 44 Sir Thomas Smith LLD Vice-President Q
1545 John Madew BD, Regius Prof. of Divinity  
1545 Matthew Parker DD Master CC
1546, 47 John Madew (again) BD Regius Prof. of Divinity
1548 William Bill DD Master JN
1548 Matthew Parker DD Master CC
1549 Walter Haddon LLD Fellow K
1550 John Madew (again) BD Regius Prof. of Divinity
1551 Andrew Perne BD [DD 1552] Vice-President Q
1552 Edward Hawford MA Senior Proctor CHR
1552 Edwin Sandys [ejected] DD Master CathH
1553 John Young DD Master [1554] PemH
1554 William Glyn DD President Q
1554, 55 Cuthbert Scott DD Master CHR
1556 Andrew Perne (again) BD Vice-President Q
1556 [26/11] John Pory [Porie] BD [DD '59] Master CC
1557, 58 Robert Brassey DD Provost K
1558 [8/11] Edmund Cosyn BD Master CathH
1559 Andrew Perne (again) BD Master Q
1560 Henry Harvey LLD Master TH
1561 Philip Baker BD Provost K
1562 Francis Newton BD [DD 1563] Fellow T
1563 Edward Hawford (again) MA Master CHR
1564 Robert Beaumont DD Master T
1565 John Stokes DD President Q
1566 Robert Beaumont DD Master T
1567 Roger Kelke DD Master M
1567 [06] Richard Longworth DD Master JN
1568 John Young DD Master PemH
1569 John May DD Master CathH
1570 John Whitgift DD Master T
1571 Roger Kelke (again) DD Master M
1572 Thomas Bynge LLD Master ClaH
1573 John Whitgift (again) DD Master T
1574 Andrew Perne (again) BD Master Q
1575 John Still DD Master JN
1576 Roger Goad DD Provost K
1577 Richard Howland BD [DD 1578] Master JN
1578 Thomas Bynge (again) LLD Master ClaH
1579 John Hatcher MD Fellow JN
1580 Andrew Perne (again) BD Master Q
1581 William Fulke DD Master PemH
1582 John Bell DD Master E
1583 Richard Howland (again) DD Master JN
1584 Robert Norgate DD Master CC
1585 Humphrey Tindall DD President Q
1586 John Copcot DD* Master [1587] CC
1587 Thomas Legge LLD CAI
1588 Thomas Nevile DD M
1589 Thomas Preston LLD TH
1590, 91 Robert Soame DD PET
1592 Thomas Legge (again) LLD CAI
1592 John Still DD [until appointment to bishopric] T
1593, 94 John Duport DD JE
1595 Roger Goad (again) DD K
1596-98 John Jegon DD CC
1599 Robert Soame (again) DD PET
1600 John Jegon (again) DD CC
1601 John Duport (again) DD JE
1602 William Smith DD CL
1603, 04 Cowell, John [2] LLD TH
1605 Richard Clayton DD JN
1606 Samuel Harsnett DD PEM
1607 Roger Goad (again) DD K
1608 Thomas Jegon DD CC
1609 John Duport (again) DD JE
1610 Fogge Newton DD K
1611 Barnabas Gooch [Goche] LLD M
1612 Valentine Cary DD CHR
1613 Clement Corbet LLD TH
1614 Samuel Harsnett DD, Bishop of Chichester PEM
1615 Owen Gwyn DD JN
1616 John Hills DD CTH
1617 John Richardson DD T
1618 William Branthwaite DD CAI
1618 John Gostlyn MD CAI
1619 Robert Scott DD CL
1620 Samuel Ward DD SID
1621 Leonard Mawe DD PET
1622 Jerome Beale DD PEM
1623 Thomas Paske DD CL
1624 John Mansell DD Q
1625 John Gostlyn (again) MD CAI
1625, 26 Henry Smyth DD M
1627 Thomas Bainbridge DD CHR
1628 Matthew Wren DD PET
1629-31 Henry Butts DD [auto da fe] CC
1631 Thomas Comber DD T
1632 Benjamin Lany DD PEM
1633 Richard Love DD CC
1634 William Beale DD JN
1635 Henry Smyth (again) DD M
1636 Thomas Comber (again) DD T
1637, 38 Ralph Brownrigg DD CTH
1639 John Cosin DD PET
1640-42 Richard Holdsworth DD EM
1643, 44 Ralph Brownrigg DD, Bishop of Exeter CTH
1645, 46 Thomas Hill DD T
1647 John Arrowsmith DD JN
1648 Anthony Tuckney DD EM
1649 Thomas Horton DD Q
1650 Benjamin Whichcote DD K
1651 Samuel Bolton DD CHR
1652 Richard Minshall DD SID
1653 Lazarus Seaman DD PET
1654 John Lightfoot DD CTH
1655, 56 Theophilus Dillingham DD CL
1657 John Worthington DD JE
1658 John Bond LLD TH
1659 William Dillingham DD EM
1660 Henry Ferne DD T
1661 Henry Ferne DD T
1662 Edward Rainbowe DD M
1662 [03] William Dillingham (again) DD EM
1663 Fleetwood, James DD K
1664 Sparrow, Anthony DD Q
1665, 66 Francis Wilford DD CC
1666, 67 John Howorth [Haworth] DD M
1667 James Fleetwood (again) DD K
1668 Edmund Boldero DD JE
1669 James Duport DD M
1670 John Breton [2] DD EM
1671 Robert Mapletoft DD PEM
1672 William Wells DD Q
1673 John Spencer DD CC
1674 Edmund Boldero DD JE
1675 Isaac Barrow DD T
1676 Sir Thomas Page MA K
1677 Thomas Holbech DD EM
1678 Francis Turner DD JN
1679 John Eachard DD CTH
1680 Humfrey Gower DD JE / JN
1681 Nathaniel Coga DD PEM
1682 John Copleston DD K
1683 Henry James DD Q
1684 Samuel Blyth DD L
1685 William Saywell DD JE
1686 John Peachell DD M
1687 [17/05] John Balderston DD EM
1687 [04/11] Hon. John Mountague DD T
1688 John Covel DD CHR
1689 James Johnson [1] DD SID
1690 Charles Roderick LLD K
1691 Gabriel Quadring DD M
1692 George Oxenden LLD TH
1693 William Stanley DD CC
1694 Thomas Browne DD PEM
1695 John Eachard (again) DD CTH
1696, 97 Henry James (again) DD Q
1698 Sir William Dawes DD CTH
1699 Thomas Green [2] DD CC
1700 Richard Bentley DD T
1701 Thomas Richardson DD PET
1702 Charles Ashton DD JE
1703 George Bramston LLD TH
1704 Sir John Ellys MD CAI
1705 Bardsey Fisher DD SID
1706 John Balderston (again) DD EM
1707 Edward Lany DD PEM
1708 John Covel (again) DD CHR
1709 Charles Roderick (again) LLD K
1710 Sir Nathaniel Lloyd LLD TH
1711 Gabriel Quadring (again) DD M
1712 John Adams DD K
1713 Thomas Green [2] (again) DD CC
1714 Thomas Sherlock DD CTH
1715 Daniel Waterland BD M
1716 William Grigg MA [DD '17] CL
1717-19 Sir Thomas Gooch DD CAI
1720, 21 Thomas Crosse DD CTH
1722, 23 Andrew Snape DD K
1724 William Savage DD EM
1725 John Davies DD Q
1726 Joseph Craven DD SID
1727 Robert Lambert DD JN
1728 John Frankland DD SID
1729 Robert Lambert DD (again) JN
1730, 31 Matthias Mawson DD CC
1732 Charles Morgan DD CL
1733 Roger Long DD PEM
1734 William Towers DD CHR
1735 John Adams [2] DD SID
1736 John Wilcox DD CL
1737 William Richardson DD EM
1738 John Whalley DD PET
1739 Edward Hubbard DD CTH
1740 Sir Edward Simpson LLD TH
1741 William Sedgwick DD Q
1742 Robert Smith DD T
1743 William George DD K
1744 Kenrick Prescot BD CTH
1745 George Henry Rooke DD CHR
1746 Edmund Castle BD CC
1747 Francis Sawyer Parris DD SID
1748 Thomas Chapman LLD M
1749, 50 Edmund Keene DD PET
1751 John Wilcox DD (again) CL
1752, 1753 Philip Yonge DD JE
1754 Hugh Thomas DD CHR
1755 Edmund Law DD PET
1756 John Sumner DD K
1757 John Green [2] DD CC
1758 Lynford Caryl DD JE
1759 Sir James Burrough MA CAI
1760 George Sandby DD M
1761 Robert Plumptre DD Q
1762 Peter Stephen Godard DD CL
1763 William Elliston MA SID
1764 John Barnardiston DD CC
1765 William Samuel Powell DD JN
1766 John Smith [6] DD CAI
1767 Sir James Marriott LLD TH
1768 John Hinchliffe DD T
1769 William Richardson (again) DD EM
1770 John Sumner (again) DD K
1771 James Brown DD PEM
1772 William Cooke [3] DD K
1773 Lynford Caryl (again) DD JE
1774 Hon. Barton Wallop MA M
1775 Richard Farmer DD EM
1776 John Chevalier DD JN
1777 Hugh Thomas [again, declined] DD CHR
1777 [03/12] Robert Plumptre DD (again) Q
1778 William Colman DD CC
1779 Lowther Yates DD CTH
1780 John Barker DD CHR
1781, 82 Richard Beadon DD JE
1783 John Torkington BD CL
1784 Peter Peckard MA M
1785 Joseph Turner DD PEM
1786 [11/04] Sir James Marriott LLD [again, declined] TH
1786 [18/11] William Elliston MA (again) SID
1787 Richard Farmer DD (again) EM
1788 Francis Barnes DD PET
1789 William Pearce DD JE
1790 William Craven [2] DD JN
1791 Thomas Postlethwaite DD T
1792 Isaac Milner DD Q
1793 William Colman DD (again) CC
1794 Lowther Yates DD (again) CTH
1795 Philip Douglas DD CC
1796 Richard Belward [formerly Fisher] DD CAI
1797 Robert Towerson Cory DD EM
1798 Humphrey Sumner DD K
1799 William Lort Mansel DD T
1800 William Gretton DD M
1801 Joseph Procter DD CTH
1802 Humphrey Sumner DD (again) K
1803 Martin Davy MD CAI
1804 John Torkington DD (again) CL
1805 Joseph Turner DD (again) PEM
1806 William Pearce DD (again) JE
1807 Francis Barnes DD (again) PET
1808 Edward Pearson DD SID
1809 Isaac Milner DD (again) Q
1810 Philip Douglas DD (again) CC
1811 Thomas Browne [2] DD CHR
1812 John Davie DD SID
1813 [11/10] Robert Towerson Cory DD (again) EM
1813 [04/11] William Chafy [2] BD SID
1814 George Thackeray DD K
1815 John Kaye DD CHR
1816 James Wood DD JN
1817 William Webb DD CL
1818 Hon. George Neville MA M
1819 William Frere MA DOW
1820 Christopher Wordsworth [2] DD T
1821 William French DD JE
1822 Henry Godfrey DD Q
1823 John Lamb [1] BD CC
1824 Thomas Le Blanc LLD TH
1825 Joseph Procter DD (again) CTH
1826 Christopher Wordsworth [2] DD (again) T
1827 Martin Davy MD (again) CAI
1828 Gilbert Ainslie MA PEM
1829 William Chafy [2] DD (again) SID
1830 George Thackeray DD (again) K
1831 John Graham BD CHR
1832 William Webb DD (again) CL
1833 Joshua King MA Q
1834 William French DD (again) JE
1835 George John Archdale [Archdall] DD EM
1836 Gilbert Ainslie DD (again) PEM
1837 Thomas Worsley MA DOW
1838 William Hodgson DD PET
1839 Ralph Tatham DD JN
1840 John Graham DD (again) CHR
1841 George John Archdale [Archdall] DD (again) EM
1842 William Whewell BD T
1843 William Hodgson DD (again) PET
1844 Robert Phelps DD SID
1845 Ralph Tatham DD (again) JN
1846 Henry Philpott BD CTH
1847 Robert Phelps DD (again) SID
1848 Henry Wilkinson Cookson DD PET
1849 James Cartmell DD CHR
1850 George Elwes Corrie BD JE
1851 Richard Okes DD K
1852 James Pulling BD CC
1853 Thomas Charles Geldart LLD TH
1854 Edwin Guest LLD CAI
1855 William Whewell DD (again) T
1856, 57 Henry Philpott DD (again) CTH
1858 William Henry Bateson DD JN
1859, 60 Hon. Latimer Neville MA M
1861 George Phillips DD Q
1862 Edward Atkinson DD CL
1863, 64 Henry Wilkinson Cookson DD (again) PET
1865, 66 Cartmell, James, DD (again) CHR
1867 William Hepworth Thompson DD T
1868, 69 Atkinson, Edward, DD (again) CL
1870, 71 Power, John, MA PEM
1872, 73 Henry Wilkinson Cookson DD (again) PET
1874, 75 Samuel George Phear DD EM
1876, 77 Atkinson, Edward, DD (again) CL
1878 John Power DD (again) PEM
1879, 80 Edward Henry Perowne DD CC
1881, 82 - 84 James Porter DD PET
1884 [10/01] Norman McLeod Ferrers DD CAI
1885 Charles Anthony Swainson DD CHR
1886, 87 Charles Taylor DD JN
1888, 89 Charles Edward Searle DD PEM
1889 [10], 90 Henry Montagu Butler DD T
1891, 92 John Peile D.Litt. CHR
1893, 94 Augustus Austen Leigh MA K
1895, 96 Charles Smith [3] MA SID
1897, 98 Alex Hill MD DOW
1899, 1900 William Chawner MA EM
1901 Sir Adolphus William Ward D. Litt PET
1902, 03 Frederick Henry Chase DD Q
1904, 05 Edward Anthony Beck MA TH
1906, 07 Ernest Stewart Roberts MA CAI
1908, 09 Arthur James Mason DD PEM
1910, 11 Robert Forsyth Scott MA JN
1912, 13 Stuart A. Donaldson DD [resigned] M
1913, 14 Montague Rhodes James D. Litt K
1915, 16 Thomas Cecil Fitzpatrick MA Q
1917, 18 Sir Arthur Everett Shipley Sc.D CHR
1919, 20 Peter Giles D. Litt EM
1921 - 23 Edmund Courtenay Pearce DD CC
1924, 25 Sir Albert Charles Seward Sc.D DOW
1926, 27 George Arthur Weekes MA SID
1928 Thomas Cecil Fitzpatrick DD (again) Q
1929, 30 Allen Beville Ramsay MA M
1931, 32 Will Spens MA CC
1933, 34 John Forbes Cameron MA CAI
1935, 36 Godfrey Harold Alfred Wilson MA CL
1937, 38 Henry Roy Dean MD TH
1939, 40 Ernest Alfred Benians MA JN
1941, 42 John Archibald Venn D. Litt Q
1943, 44 Thomas Shirley Hele MD EM
1945, 46 Henry Thirkill MA CL
1947, 48 Charles Earle Raven DD CHR
1949, 50 Sydney Castle Roberts MA PEM
1951, 52 Sir Lionel Ernest Howard Whitby MD DOW
1953, 54 Rt Hon. Henry Urmston Willink MC, QC, MA M
1955, 56 Brian Westerdale Downs MA CHR
1957, 58 Edgar Douglas Adrian Lord Adrian, MD T
1959, 60 Sir Herbert Butterfield MA PET
1961, 62 Sir William Ivor Jennings D. Litt TH
1963, 64 John Sandwith Boys Smith MA JN
1965, 66 Arthur Llewellyn Armitage LLB Q
1967, 68 Sir Eric Ashby MA CL
1969, 70 Sir William Owen Chadwick DD SEL
1971, 72 William Alexander Deer Ph.D TH
1973, 74 John Wilfrid Linnett Ph.D SID
1975, 76 Dame Alice Rosemary Murray MA NH
1977, 78 Sir Alan Howard Cottrell Sc.D JE
1979, 80 Sir Henry Peter Francis Swinnerton-Dyer MA CTH
1981, 82 Sir Francis Harry Hinsley MA JN
1983, 84 Sir William John Hughes Butterfield MD DOW
1985, 86 Richard Hume Adrian Hon. Lord Adrian, MD PEM
1987, 88 Michael William McCrum MA CC
1989-96 Sir David Glyndwr Tudor Williams MA, LLB W, EM
1996-2003 Lord Alec Nigel Broers   CAI
2003 Alison Fettes Richard MA, Ph.D N