The Rev'd Professor Ernest Nicholson, FBA, DD

Ernest Nicholson

Born 1938, died Dec. 2013. Portadown Northern Ireland.

Education: Hart Memorial Primary School, Technical School (1951-3), Portadown College (1953-6); 1956 County Scholarship to Trinity College Dublin, reading Semitic Languages (Hebrew, Arabic, Aramaic, and Syriac); Foundation Scholar; 1st in the Final BA Examinations 1960. 1960-62 Scholarship for Advanced Study in the Humanities at Glasgow University where I began work for my Ph.D. (completed in 1964)

1962-67 Lecturer in the School of Semitic Languages at Trinity College Dublin

1967 Leverhulme Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge

1967-79 University Lecturer in Divinity at Cambridge, Fellow of University College (now Wolfson College) 1967-69; 1969-79 Fellow & Chaplain of Pembroke College, Dean from 1973-79

1979-90 Oriel Professor of the Interpretation of Holy Scripture at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Oriel College

1987 Elected Fellow of the British Academy

1990 Elected Provost of Oriel College, holding office until my retirement in 2003

1993-2003 Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford

1992-5 Member of the Council of the British Academy 1992-5; Chairman of Section H2 at the British Academy from 1997-2003

1993-2000 Chairman of the Jardine Foundation

1995-2000 Chairman of St Augustine Foundation Canterbury (appointed by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, and the Bishop of London)

1998-2004 Member of the Board of Governors of the English Speaking Union

2007- Member of the Council and of the Academic Board of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Examination in Theology

Honorary Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, Wolfson College Cambridge, Oriel College Oxford, St Peter’s College Oxford.

At various times Visiting Professor or Select Lecturer at Universities in the USA, Canada, Australia, and on the Continent of Europe 

Outline CV (for further details see entry in Who's Who)

Professor Ernest Nicholson was installed as Provost of Oriel College, Oxford, by The Queen in 1990.

See Memorial section for full obituary.