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People we know: Sir Raymond Carr

Updated: Jul 6, 2021

by Liliana Baltra  Sir Raymond Carr (1919- 2015), Warden of St. Antony’s College from 1968 to 1987, was a remarkable man many of us Antonians met. He was well known as a historian of Spain, and was honored with the Grand Cross of the order of Alfonso X El Sabio, and the order of Infante Don Henrique.

Educated at Christ Church, Oxford, he went on to lecture at University College of London in 1945. He was a Fellow of All Souls and of New College before becoming Director of the Latin American Centre at St. Antony’s.

An excellent biography of this distinguished professor and historian was written by Mª. Jesús González Hernández, 'Raymond Carr: La curiosidad del Zorro'. The book is about Sir Raymond, but it is an excellent portrait of intellectual life in Oxford, especially in the years after World War II. The book is only available in Spanish (Galaxia Gutenberg, Círculo de Lectores, Barcelona, 2015).

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