Dr Gordon Johnson

Honorary Fellow

  • Deputy Vice-Chancellor (2002-2010), Cambridge University
  • Former President (1993-2010), Wolfson College
  • Provost (2000-2010), Gates Cambridge Trust
  • President (from 2009), Royal Asiatic Society

Gordon Johnson was President of Wolfson College between December 1993 and September 2010 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University from 2002 until 2010. He was the first Provost of the Gates Cambridge Trust (2000-2010) and became President of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2009. He was made an Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College in 2010.

Educated at Richmond School, Yorkshire, and Trinity College, Cambridge, he became an historian of India, and later of Cambridge. He taught at Trinity and Selwyn Colleges before coming to Wolfson. He was Director of the Centre for South Asian Studies from 1983 to 2001.

His publications include Provincial Politics and Indian Nationalism (1973), University Politics: F. M. Cornford’s Cambridge and his advice to the young academic politician (1994) and Cultural Atlas of India (1995). He edited Modern Asian Studies from 1971-2008. Today, he continues as General Editor of The New Cambridge History of India.

He has served on several University committees, including the General Board and the University Council. He was a Syndic of the Press from 1981 to 2010, chairing the Syndicate 1993-2009. He continues as a Trustee of several Cambridge and other educational Trusts.

Gordon is married to Faith and they have three sons: Timothy (born 1975), Nathaniel (born 1977), and Orlando (born 1980).