Terence Frederick Mitchell
Mitchell was born in Devon and educated at Torquay Boys' Grammar School and University College London from which he graduated with a BA in French and Spanish in 1940. He then served in the British Army in India, Burma and the Middle East until discharged as a Major in 1946.
Mitchell remained at SOAS until 1964 when he was appointed Professor of Contemporary English at the University of Leeds. In 1966 his Chair was renamed English Language and General Linguistics. From 1967 to 1970 he was Chairman of the School of English at Leeds. In 1971 the University created a separate Department of Linguistics and Phonetics. Mitchell became Professor and Head of the Department until 1980 when he retired with the title Emeritus Professor.