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William Owen Chadwick, OM, KBE, FBA, FRSE (born 20 May 1916) is a British professor, writer and prominent historian of Christianity.




Early life and education

Chadwick attended Tonbridge School and St John's College, Cambridge, where he received a Blue in rugby and a First in History; he then attended Cuddesdon College (a theological college) and was ordained to the diaconate and priesthood of the Church of England.

Trinity Hall

After the War, (during which he was chaplain of Wellington he was made Fellow of Trinity Hall, Cambridge in 1947. He was elected Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge in 1956, retiring in 1983. In 1958 he was named Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History, during which time he chaired the Archbishops' Commission on Church and State (1967-1971).

Selwyn College

He is a former Master of Selwyn College, University of Cambridge. Elder brother of the Very Reverend Professor Henry Chadwick, also a distinguished historian of the early Church and a former Dean of Christ Church, University of Oxford, younger brother of Sir John Chadwick KCMG, a diplomat whose senior posting was as British Ambassador to Romania.[1]

Regius Professor

In 1968 he was elected Regius Professor of Modern History, a chair which he held until 1982, and was President of the British Academy during the early 1980s. As Vice-Chancellor he guided Cambridge through turbulent times in the late 1960s; and was Chancellor of the University of East Anglia between 1984 and 1994.

Books about the papacy

He has written many books, on the formation of the papacy in the modern world; on Lord Acton; on the secularisation of European thought and culture; on the Reformation; on the Church of England in England and elsewhere. He has notably participated in the debate about Pope Pius XII and the Holocaust.


He was appointed Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE) in the 1982 New Year Honours.[2] As a clergyman he did not receive the accolade and so remained the Revd Owen Chadwick rather than Sir Owen.[3] He was appointed to the Order of Merit (OM) on 11 November 1983.[4]

Historical manuscripts commission

He served as a member of the Historical Manuscripts Commission for a period prior to 1992.[5]

Academic offices
Preceded by
Norman Sykes
Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History Cambridge University
Succeeded by
Ernest Gordon Rupp
Preceded by
Herbert Butterfield
Regius Professor of Modern History, Cambridge University
Succeeded by
Geoffrey Elton
Preceded by
William Telfer
Master of Selwyn College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Sir Alan Cook
Preceded by
Eric Ashby, Baron Ashby
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
Succeeded by
William Alexander Deer
Preceded by
Lord Franks
Chancellor of the University of East Anglia
Succeeded by
Sir Geoffrey Allen


  1. ^ PHS."The Times Diary—Chadwick favourite for Dean, OAPs in TV licence rumpus, Holiday Inns here to stay" (News). The Times. Wednesday, July 9, 1969. Issue 57607, col D, p. 10.
  2. ^ London Gazette: no. 48837, p. 8, 30 December 1981. Retrieved on 2008-06-26.
  3. ^ Honours—Knighthoods from the official website of the British Monarchy. Retrieved 2008-06-25
  4. ^ London Gazette: no. 49543, p. 15251, 18 November 1983. Retrieved on 2008-06-26.
  5. ^ London Gazette: no. 52987, p. 11676, 10 July 1992. Retrieved on 2008-06-26.

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