Martin Hollis was born in London on 14 March 1938 and died of a brain tumour in Norwich on 27 February 1998. He was educated at Winchester and at New College, Oxford, where he received his BA in PPE in 1961 (MA, 1964). He spent 1961 to 1963 as Harkness Commonwealth Fund Fellow in the USA, studying at Berkeley and Harvard. From 1963 to 1966 he worked at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, while teaching part-time at New College and Balliol College, Oxford. Leaving the Foreign Office, he was appointed lecturer in philosophy at the University of East Anglia in 1967, where he remained for the rest of his life. He was promoted senior lecturer in 1972 and professor in 1982. Hollis served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor of UEA and as President of the Aristotelian Society. He was fellow of the British Academy and Chairman of its Philosophy Section. He was visiting professor at Universities in Germany, Canada and the USA, and lectured in India and China. Hollis succeeded Stephan Körner as editor of the journal Ratio. He was a JP in Norwich from 1972 to 1982. He had a great interest in puzzles, and contributed puzzle columns to a number of publications including New Scientist and Cogito. (A collection of these was published as Tantalizers in 1970.) He was also a strong and enthusiastic chess player.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.