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Gordon Johnson (born 1943) is a British historian of colonial India.

Gordon Johnson
Born (1943-09-13) 13 September 1943 (age 75)
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Cambridge
Academic work
School or traditionCambridge School of historiography
InstitutionsWolfson College, Cambridge
Main interestsColonial India



Born 13 September 1943, Johnson was a lecturer in Oriental studies at the University of Cambridge from 1974.[citation needed]

He was the President of Wolfson College, Cambridge, from 1993 to 2010, and he is now an honorary fellow of the college.[1] He has been the Director of the Cambridge University Centre of South Asian Studies since 1983. He has been a Deputy Vice-Chancellor since 2002. He served as the first Provost of the Gates Cambridge Scholarship Trust from 2000–2010, and chair of the Syndicate governing Cambridge University Press.[when?] He was the President of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland, 2015–2018.

He is the General Editor of the New Cambridge History of India.[when?]

Select publicationsEdit

  • Johnson, Gordon (21 February 2008). University Politics: F. M. Cornford's Cambridge and His Advice to the Young Academic Politician. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-0521723732. A commentary on Cornford's 1908 book Microcosmographia Academica.


  1. ^ "Wolfson College Cambridge: Honorary Fellows". Retrieved 4 February 2019.

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