Posted on 20/07/2012
Professor Patrick Collinson CBE FBA
PhD History, 1954 Royal Holloway College
As Regius Professor of Modern History at the University of Cambridge, Patrick Collinson was a leading scholar of the English reformation. He was always guided by a radical conscience and his Christian socialism. Patrick began his lecturing career at the University of Khartoum and in 1961 became Lecturer in Ecclesiastical History at King's College, London. He moved on to professorships at the University of Sydney, the University of Kent at Canterbury and the University of Sheffield, before coming back to Cambridge, his alma-mater, in 1988. Patrick was a Fellow of the British Academy and of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. His books include The Elizabethan Puritan Movement (1967), The Religion of Protestants: The Church in English Society 1559-1625 (1982) and The Reformation (2003).