Brian Woledge 1904–2002

Tony Hunt

in Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 153 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VII

Published by British Academy

Published in print December 2008 | ISBN: 9780197264348
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734250 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Brian Woledge 1904–2002

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Brian Woledge (1904–2002), a Fellow of the British Academy and formerly Fielden Professor of French at University College London (UCL), devoted his professional life, with remarkable consistency of purpose, to understanding the Old French Language. As head of department at UCL, he would encourage students to take options in comparative philology and in phonetics. In the pursuit of such interests, Woledge's own commitment was absolute and unwavering and he rejoiced in sharing them. In 1930, thesis completed, the young scholar contemplated his future with greater equanimity, for he was armed with his first major publication, a study dedicated to Paul Barbier. In 1967, Woledge was for some months Andrew Mellon Visiting Professor at the University of Pittsburgh, and three years later received an honorary doctorate from the University of Aix-en-Provence. After his retirement he was a Leverhulme Emeritus Research Fellow 1972–1973 and 1973–1974, and in 1989 was elected to Senior Fellowship of the Academy.

Keywords: Brian Woledge; British Academy; University College London; Old French; comparative philology; phonetics; Paul Barbier

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Subjects: Theory, Methods, and Historiography

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