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Christopher Bayly

Sir Christopher Alan Bayly, FBA, FRSL (18 May 1945 – 18 April 2015) was a British historian specializing in British Imperial, Indian and global history.[1][2] From 1992 to 2013, he was Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge.

Early life

Bayly was from Tunbridge Wells, England. He studied at Balliol College, Oxford and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree. He then remained at the University of Oxford and undertook post-graduate study at St Antony's College, Oxford.[3] He completed his Doctor of Philosophy (DPhil) degree in 1970. His doctoral supervisor was John Andrew Gallagher.

Academic career

Bayly was the Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History at the University of Cambridge from 1992 to 2013. He was also a trustee of the British Museum.

In 2007, he succeeded Professor Sir John Baker as President of St Catharine's College, Cambridge. Bayly also became the Director of Cambridge's Centre of South Asian Studies. He was co-editor of The New Cambridge History of India and sat on the editorial board of various academic journals.


Bayly died in Chicago, USA, on 18 April 2015, a month before his 70th birthday.[4]


In 1990, Bayly was elected a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA). In 2004 he was awarded the Wolfson History Oeuvre Prize for his many contributions to the discipline. In the 2007 Queen's Birthday Honours, it was announced that he had been appointed a Knight Bachelor 'for services to History'.[5] Upon being informed of the knighthood, he stated: "I regard this not only as a great personal honour but, as an historian of India, as recognition of the growing importance of the history of the non-western world."[6]

Selected bibliography


  1. ^ " - News. Politics. Culture.". 
  2. ^ Drayton, Richard. "Sir Christopher Bayly obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 2015-04-24. 
  3. ^ "Professor Sir Christopher Bayly". Staff. Queen Mary, University of London. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 
  4. ^ "Professor Sir Christopher Bayly historian obituary". The Telegraph. Retrieved 23 April 2015. 
  5. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 58358. p. 1. 16 June 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  6. ^ Wojtas, Olga (22 June 2007). "Fright for knight as good news lost in post". Times Higher Education. Retrieved 24 April 2015. 

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