The Watson Gordon Chair of Fine Art is a Professorship at the University of Edinburgh.
Professor is an academic rank at universities and other post-secondary education and research institutions in most countries. Literally, professor derives from Latin as a "person who professes" being usually an expert in arts or sciences, a teacher of the highest rank.
The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1582, is the sixth oldest university in the English-speaking world and one of Scotland's ancient universities. The university has five main campuses in the city of Edinburgh, with many of the buildings in the historic Old Town belonging to the university. The university played an important role in leading Edinburgh to its reputation as a chief intellectual centre during the Age of Enlightenment, and helped give the city the nickname of the Athens of the North.
The chair was founded in 1880. John Watson Gordon was a Scottish painter who died in 1864. His brother and sister endowed the professorship in his memory in 1879.The establishment of the chair resulted in progress in the teaching of art history.
Sir John Watson Gordon was a Scottish portrait painter and president of the Royal Scottish Academy.
Gerard Baldwin Brown was a British art historian.
Sir Herbert Edward Read, DSO, MC was an English art historian, poet, literary critic and philosopher, best known for numerous books on art, which included influential volumes on the role of art in education. Read was co-founder of the Institute of Contemporary Arts. As well as being a prominent English anarchist, he was one of the earliest English writers to take notice of existentialism.
David Talbot Rice was an English art historian. His father was "Talbot-Rice" and both he and his wife published using "Talbot Rice" as a surname, but are also sometimes found under "Rice" alone.
Herbert Allen Giles was a British diplomat and sinologist who was the professor of Chinese at Cambridge University for 35 years. Giles was educated at Charterhouse School before becoming a British diplomat in China. He modified a Mandarin Chinese romanisation system established by Thomas Wade, resulting in the widely known Wade–Giles Chinese romanisation system. Among his many works were translations of the Analects of Confucius, the Lao Tzu , the Chuang Tzu, and, in 1892, the widely published A Chinese-English Dictionary.
The Knightbridge Professorship of Philosophy is the senior professorship in philosophy at the University of Cambridge. There have been 22 Knightbridge professors, the incumbent being Rae Langton.
The Slade Professorship of Fine Art is the oldest professorship of art at the universities of Cambridge, Oxford and London.
The Regius Professorship of Greek is a professorship at the University of Oxford in England.
Sir Walter Watson Hughes, who before his knighthood was frequently referred to as "Captain Hughes", was a pastoralist, public benefactor and founder of the University of Adelaide, South Australia.
Talbot Rice Gallery is part of the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland. The Gallery focuses on contemporary art exhibitions and has collaborated with some of the world's leading international artists including Rosemarie Trockel, Joseph Kosuth and Tim Rollins and K.O.S.. Being part of a University, Talbot Rice Gallery also creates links between artists and academics, providing access to cutting edge research and historic collections.
The Vinerian Professorship of English Law, formerly Vinerian Professorship of Common Law, was established by Charles Viner who by his will, dated 29 December 1755, left about £12,000 to the Chancellor, Masters and Scholars of the University of Oxford, to establish a Professorship of the Common Law in that University, as well as a number of Vinerian scholarships and readerships.
Alfred Giles was a British civil engineer and Conservative politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1878 and 1892.
The Douglas Chair of Civil Law at the University of Glasgow was founded in 1948, and named after John Brown Douglas, who had been Professor of Roman Law at St Mungo's College. The name was changed in 2001 to the Douglas Chair in Roman Law when occupied by Olivia Robinson, but was changed back in 2006 when the current professor, Ernest Metzger, assumed the position.
The Regius Professorship of Mathematics is the name given to three chairs in mathematics at British universities, one at the University of St Andrews, founded by Charles II in 1668, the second one at the University of Warwick, founded in 2013 to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II and the third one at the University of Oxford, founded in 2016.
Tons of Money is a 1930 British comedy film directed by Tom Walls and starring Ralph Lynn, Yvonne Arnaud, Mary Brough, Robertson Hare and Gordon James, the same artistes responsible for the Aldwych farces. It was a remake of the 1924 film Tons of Money which had been based on the 1922 play Tons of Money by Will Evans and Arthur Valentine. It was made at Elstree Studios with sets designged by the art director Lawrence P. Williams.
The position of Savilian Professor of Geometry was established at the University of Oxford in 1619. It was founded by Sir Henry Savile, a mathematician and classical scholar who was Warden of Merton College, Oxford, and Provost of Eton College, reacting to what has been described by one 20th-century mathematician as "the wretched state of mathematical studies in England" at that time. He appointed Henry Briggs as the first professor. Edward Titchmarsh said when applying that he was not prepared to lecture on geometry, and the requirement was removed from the duties of the post to enable his appointment, although the title of the chair was not changed. The two Savilian chairs have been linked with professorial fellowships at New College, Oxford since the late 19th century. Before then, for over 175 years until the middle of the 19th century, the geometry professors had an official residence adjoining the college in New College Lane.
The Grote Chair of the Philosophy of Mind and Logic is an endowed chair at University College London's Department of Philosophy.
The Yates Professorship of Classical Art and Archaeology is an endowed chair in classical archaeology at University College London. The chair is named in honour of James Yates (1789-1871), whose fortune was used to endow the chair in 1880.
The Sherardian Chair of Botany is a professorship at the University of Oxford that was established in 1734. It was created following an endowment by William Sherard on his death in 1728. In his will, Sherard stipulated that the first holder of the chair was to be Johann Jacob Dillenius. The Sherardian Professor is also a fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford and Head of the Department of Plant Sciences.
The Lincoln Professor of Classical Archaeology and Art is a chair at the University of Oxford, England. It is associated with Lincoln College, Oxford.
Prof Giles Henry Robertson FRSE RSA (Hon) (1913–1987) was a 20th British art historian and expert on the Italian Renaissance.
Very Rev Prof James Robertson DD FRSE (1803–1860) was a 19th-century Scottish minister who served as Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. He was also a noted chemist.