Maurice Bowra


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Sir Cecil Maurice Bowra (8 April 1898 – 4 July 1971) was an English classical scholar and academic, known for his wit. He was Warden of Wadham College, Oxford, from 1938 to 1970, and served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford from 1951 to 1954.

He was born in Jiujiang, China to English parents. His father was Cecil Arthur Verner Bowra (1869–1947) of the Chinese Imperial ... more »

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  • ''I'm a man more dined against than dining.''
    Maurice Bowra (1898-1971), British scholar, warden of Wadham College, Oxford. Quoted in Summoned by Bells, ch. 9, John Betjeman (1960).
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