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F.M.L. Thompson

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780197262788

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197262788.001.0001

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John Chadwick 1920–1998

John Chadwick 1920–1998

(p.132) (p.133) John Chadwick 1920–1998
Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 115 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, I

J. T. Killen

A. Morpurgo Davies

British Academy

John Chadwick, Perceval Maitland Laurence Reader in Classics at Cambridge University, was famous for being involved in the decipherment of the Linear B script in the 1950s. He served with distinction in naval intelligence during World War II; in Alexandria, he broke a vital Italian code, and in Bletchley Park, he worked on Japanese decipherment. After working as a lexicographer on the Oxford English Dictionary, Chadwick moved to academic life at Cambridge, specialising in Mycean studies, and was elected Fellow of the British Academy in 1967. Obituary by J. T. Killen FBA and A. Morpurgo Davies FBA.

Keywords:   John Chadwick, British Academy, Linear B script, Mycean studies, naval intelligence, J. T. Killen, A. Morpurgo Davies, decipherment, Bletchley Park

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