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Thomas Percy Nunn

(1870—1944) educationist


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Percy Nunn was born in Bristol on 28 December 1870 and died in Madeira on 12 December 1944. His father and grandfather ran a school in Bristol but it was transferred, in 1873, to Weston-super-Mare. Nunn was not only a pupil there but, by the time he was sixteen, he was helping with the teaching. He continued to teach at the school even after becoming a student at Bristol University College, where he was awarded a (London) BSc in 1890. Upon his father's death in the same year he took charge of the school for a while but then resigned, taking up teaching posts in Halifax and London. In 1905, after two years teaching in Shoreditch Technical Institute, he was appointed Vice-Principal of the London Day Training College. Around this time London University awarded him a DSc for a thesis which he later published as The Aims and Achievements of Scientific Method (1907). In 1913 he was promoted to Professor of Education in the University of London. He was knighted for his services to education in 1930. The college expanded, taking in overseas students, and became the University of London Institute of Education in 1932, with Nunn as its first Director.

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