John Chadwick 1920–1998

J. T. Killen and A. Morpurgo Davies

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 115 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, I

Published by British Academy

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780197262788
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191754210 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

John Chadwick 1920–1998

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John Chadwick, Perceval Maitland Laurence Reader in Classics at Cambridge University, was famous for being involved in the decipherment of the Linear B script in the 1950s. He served with distinction in naval intelligence during World War II; in Alexandria, he broke a vital Italian code, and in Bletchley Park, he worked on Japanese decipherment. After working as a lexicographer on the Oxford English Dictionary, Chadwick moved to academic life at Cambridge, specialising in Mycean studies, and was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1967. Obituary by J. T. Killen FBA and A. Morpurgo Davies FBA.

Keywords: John Chadwick; British Academy; Linear B script; Mycean studies; naval intelligence; J. T. Killen; A. Morpurgo Davies; decipherment; Bletchley Park

Chapter.  14998 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Methods and Historiography

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