Richard Livingstone

Sir Richard Winn Livingstone (23 January 1880 – 26 December 1960) was a British classical scholar, educationist, and academic administrator.[1][2] He promoted the classical liberal arts.


Livingstone was born on 23 January 1880 in Liverpool. His father was an Anglican vicar; his mother the daughter of an Irish baron. He was educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford. He remained at the University of Oxford until 1924 as fellow, tutor, and librarian at Corpus Christi College. In 1920, he served on the Prime Minister's committee on the classics. During 1920–22, he was co-editor of the Classical Review.

From 1924 to 1933, Livingstone served as Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast in Northern Ireland. He was knighted in 1931.

In 1933, Livingstone returned to Oxford, where he became President of Corpus Christi College. In 1944, he delivered the Rede Lecture at Cambridge on Plato and modern education. He served as vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford from 1944 until 1947.

He retired in 1950 and spent his final years writing and lecturing. He died on 26 December 1960 in Oxford.



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Academic offices
Preceded by
Rev. Thomas Hamilton
President and Vice-Chancellor of Queen's University Belfast
Succeeded by
Sir Frederick Wolff Ogilvie
Preceded by
Percy Stafford Allen
President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford
Succeeded by
William Francis Ross Hardie
Preceded by
Sir William David Ross
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
William Teulon Swan Stallybrass