Charles Bosanquet (academic)

Charles Ion Carr Bosanquet (19 April 1903 – 1986) was the first Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University.


Born the son of Robert Carr Bosanquet, Bosanquet was educated at Winchester College and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he obtained a first class honours degree in History. After a career in business and journalism, he worked as a civil servant during World War II. He then became Treasurer of Christ Church, Oxford. [1] He was appointed Rector of King's College, Newcastle in 1952 and Vice Chancellor of Durham University, alternating in the role with the Warden of the Durham Colleges, and then became the first Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University in 1963 upon the independence of King's College from Durham University.[2] In that role he welcomed Martin Luther King, Jr. to the University and presented him with a Doctor of Civil Law degree.[3]

In 1931 he married Barbara Schiefflin,[4] an American.[5]

He lived at Rock Moor House near Alnwick and became High Sheriff of Northumberland.[6]


  1. Winchester College Register, 1974
  2. "Dr Charles Ian Carr Bosanquet". Art UK. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  3. "The Archive". The King Centre. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  4. Robert Carr Bosanquet's wife, Ellen Sophia wrote an autobiography, published by her daughter, Diana Hardman, as Late Harvest: Memories, letters poems around 1965.
  5. "St Philip and St James Church Rock". Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  6. "No. 38235". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 March 1948. p. 1811.
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Preceded by
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Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle upon Tyne
Succeeded by
Henry Miller
Preceded by
Sir James Fitzjames Duff & Lord Eustace Percy
Vice-Chancellor & Warden of the University of Durham
With: Prof Sir James Fitzjames Duff until 1958
Succeeded by
Prof. Sir Derman Christopherson
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