Ernest Barker

Sir Ernest Barker FBA (23 September 1874 – 17 February 1960)[1] was an English political scientist who served as Principal of King's College London from 1920 to 1927.[2]

Ernest Barker
Ernest Morton Barker in the 1890s.jpg
Barker in the 1890s
Born23 September 1874
Died17 February 1960 (age 85)
Burial placeSt Botolph's Church, Cambridge
Alma materBalliol College, Oxford
OccupationPrincipal of King's College London
Spouse(s)Emily Isabel Salkeld (1900-1924), Olivia Stuart Horner (1927-1960)

Life and careerEdit

Born in Woodley, Cheshire; and educated at Manchester Grammar School and Balliol College, Oxford,[3] Barker was a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford from 1898 to 1905, St John's College, Oxford from 1909 to 1913, and New College, Oxford from 1913 to 1920.[4] He spent a brief time at the London School of Economics.[5] He was Principal of King's College London from 1920 to 1927,[6] and subsequently became Professor of Political Science in the University of Cambridge in 1928,[7] being the first holder of the chair endowed by the Rockefeller Foundation.[8]

In June 1936 he was elected to serve on the Liberal Party Council.[9] He was knighted in 1944. He was elected a Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1958.[10]

Barker was married twice, firstly in 1900 to Emily Isabel Salkeld, with whom he had a son and two daughters; she died in 1924. In 1927 he married Olivia Stuart Horner; they had a son and a daughter.[4]

Barker died on 17 February 1960.[3][4] There is a memorial stone to him in St Botolph's Church, Cambridge.



  1. ^ "Barker, Sir Ernest (1874–1960), political theorist". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. 2004. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/30588. Retrieved 2020-10-29. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ "barker, Ernest". Who's Who. 1920–2016 (April 2014 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 15 December 2017. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  3. ^ a b "Sir Ernest Barker" The Times (London, England), Friday, Feb 19, 1960; pg. 13; Issue 54699
  4. ^ a b c Levens, R.G.C., ed. (1964). Merton College Register 1900–1964. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. p. 4.
  5. ^ "Sir Ernest Barker Prize Winners" (PDF).
  6. ^ "1938 Four by Sir Ernest Barker, Used - AbeBooks". Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  7. ^ "Britain and the British People. By Sir Ernest Barker. (London, New York, and Toronto: Oxford University Press. 1955. Pp. xii, 186. $2.00.)". American Political Science Review. 50 (2): 579. June 1956. doi:10.1017/S0003055400229997. ISSN 1537-5943.
  8. ^ "1938 SIR ERNEST BARKER Four Page HANDWRITTEN LETTER by SIR ERNEST BARKER: (1938) 1st Edition, Inscribed by Author(s) Manuscript / Paper Collectible | Blank Verso Books". Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  9. ^ The Liberal Magazine, 1936
  10. ^ "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 17 May 2011.
  11. ^ Ernest Barker (1874–1960) (1911). In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica. Index (11th ed.), Cambridge University Press.
  12. ^ Barker, E. (1923). The Crusades. London: Oxford university press, H. Milford.
  13. ^ In Europe in the Eighteenth Century 1713-1783 by M S Anderson
  14. ^ Essays On Government by Ernest Barker

Further readingEdit

  • Author and Book
  • Arthur Aughey (2007) The Politics of Englishness; Manchester University Press
  • Andrezj Olechnowicz, 'Liberal anti-fascism in the 1930s: The case of Sir Ernest Barker', Albion 36, 2005, pp. 636–660
  • Julia Stapleton (1994), Englishness and the Study of Politics: The Social and Political Thought of Ernest Barker
  • Julia Stapleton (2007), Ernest Barker in Brack & Randall (eds.), The Dictionary of Liberal Thought, Politico's Publishing
  • Julia Stapleton (editor) Polis, vol. 23:2 (2006), Ernest Barker: A Centenary Tribute

External linksEdit

  Works written by or about Ernest Barker at Wikisource

Academic offices
Preceded by
Ronald Burrows
Principal of King's College London
Succeeded by
William Reginald Halliday