Professor Sir Richard Evans Hon DLit (London) FBA

Honorary Fellow

  • President Emeritus, Wolfson College

Professor Sir Richard Evans FBA became the fifth President of Wolfson College on 1 October 2010 and he completed his tenure on 30 September 2017.

Speaking after his election in 2010 he said, “Wolfson is a unique institution which prides itself on its distinctively cosmopolitan, egalitarian and informal character and I look forward with enthusiasm to leading it over the next few years as it approaches its fiftieth anniversary.”

A distinguished historian, Regius Professor of History in the University of Cambridge and an Oxford graduate, Sir Richard held appointments at the Universities of Stirling and East Anglia before becoming Professor of History and Vice-Master of Birkbeck College, London. His book, Death in Hamburg: Society and Politics in the Cholera Years, 1830-1910, won the Wolfson Literary Award for History in 1988. His recent works include the widely acclaimed trilogy: The Coming of the Third Reich (2003), The Third Reich in Power (2005) and The Third Reich at War (2008) and The Pursuit of Power: Europe 1815-1914 (02016). His books have been translated into more than twenty languages, including Chinese, Japanese and Korean.

Sir Richard and his wife Christine lived in the President's Lodge with their sons Matthew and Nicholas and Tuppence their chocolate labrador.

Read the full text of Professor Evans's inaugural address to the Governing Body.