British businessman and philanthropist. He was created a baronet in 1962 and made a fellow of the Royal Society in 1963. Educated at Queen's Park School, Glasgow, Wolfson joined Great Universal Stores in 1932 and two years later was appointed managing director. He became chairman in 1946 and honorary life president in 1987. The Wolfson Foundation was established in 1955 with the aims of promoting and funding medical research, particularly into cancer and children's diseases, and of encouraging development in education and religion. In 1966 Wolfson endowed the Oxford college that now bears his name and is devoted to graduate studies. In 1972 University College, Cambridge, also received an endowment from Wolfson and changed its name to Wolfson College.
From Who's Who in the Twentieth Century in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Contemporary History (Post 1945).