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Kenneth Clinton Wheare

Sir Kenneth Clinton Wheare CMG (26 March 1907 – 7 September 1979)[1] was an Australian academic, who spent most of his career at Oxford University in England.[2] He was an expert on the history of the constitutions of the British Commonwealth.

Kenneth Wheare was educated at Scotch College, Melbourne[1] and was later a student at Oriel College, Oxford, gaining a first class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and also undertaking postgraduate study.

Wheare served on the Oxford City Council from 1940 to 1957. In 1944, he was appointed Gladstone Professor of Government at All Souls College. He was appointed CMG in 1953 and was knighted in 1966. In 1956, he became Rector of Exeter College, Oxford. A gargoyle of his likeness is carved on the Bodleian Library, visible from the Exeter College Fellow's Garden.[1]

Wheare was Chairman of the Rhodes Trust (1962–69), President of the British Academy (1967–71), Chancellor of the University of Liverpool from 1972. He was also a Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford from 1964–66.[3]


Academic offices
Preceded by
Rector of Exeter College, Oxford
Succeeded by
W. Greig Barr
Preceded by
Walter Fraser Oakeshott
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
Kenneth Turpin

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