John Mabbott was born on 18 November 1898 and died at St John's College, Oxford on 26 January 1988. He was educated at Berwickshire High School, and then at Edinburgh University, before war service as an officer in the Royal Garrison Artillery. On the advice of his teachers in Edinburgh, Mabbott then went to St John's College, Oxford, where he was awarded an exhibition and took a first in literae humaniores in 1921. He stayed on for a BLitt, completing a thesis on Plato. After spells at Reading University and the University College of North Wales, at Bangor, he returned to St John's as John Locke Scholar, in succession to J.L. Stocks, and was a fellow of the college from 1924 to 1963. He remained at St John's as tutor, senior tutor (1956–63) and as President (1963–9). He was awarded the CMG (1946) for his war service at the Foreign Office. Mabbott retired from the presidency of St John's in 1969, and lived out a productive retirement.
From The Continuum Encyclopedia of British Philosophy in Oxford Reference.