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Sir William Henry Hadow (27 December 1859 – 8 April 1937) was an innovator in education in Great Britain and a musicologist.

He was born at Ebrington, Gloucester, England. He studied at Worcester College, Oxford where he taught and became Dean (1889)[1]. He was appointed principal of Armstrong College in the Newcastle Division of Durham University in 1909 before succeeding as the Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield University (1919–30), and as chairman of several committees published a series of reports on education, notably The Education of the Adolescent (1926) which called for the re-organization of elementary education, the abandonment of all-age schools, and the creation of secondary modern schools. This became known as the Hadow Report. He was a leading influence in English education at all levels in the 1920s and 1930s. Hadow was awarded a Knight Bachelor in 1918.[2] He died at Westminster, London.


  • Music (1925) Williams and Norgate Ltd, England
  • Collected Essays (1928) Oxford University Press
  • English Music (1931) Longmans Green & Co, London
  • Beethoven's Opus Eighteen Quartets
  • William Byrd 1623-1923 (1920) Humphrey Milford, London
  • A Comparison of Poetry and Music (1926) Cambridge University Press
  • Sonata form


  1. ^ "W.H. Hadow's Visit". The New York Times.  
  2. ^ "New Year Honours. The Official Lists., New Peers And Baronets., Long Roll Of Soldiers. (transcription)". London: The Times. Tuesday, Jan 01, 1918; Issue 41675. p. pg. 8; col B. Retrieved 2008-12-24.  

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Academic offices
Preceded by
The Revd Henry Gee
Warden & Vice-Chancellor of the University of Durham
Succeeded by
John Stapylton Grey Pemberton
Preceded by
William Ripper
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield
Succeeded by
Arthur Wallace Pickard-Cambridge


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