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List of professorships at the University of Cambridge

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This is a list of professorships at the University of Cambridge.

During the early history of the University of Cambridge, the title professor simply denoted a doctor who taught in the university, a usage that continues to be found in, for example, US universities. However, from the 16th century onwards in Cambridge it was used to denote those holding "chairs" that had been founded by the university in a particular subject or endowed by a benefaction.

On occasion the University of Cambridge creates professorships for the benefit of a single individual, the chair ceasing to exist when that individual resigns, dies, or retires. These "personal" professorships limited to one tenure are not listed here.

The Regius Professorships are "royal" professorships, being created by the reigning monarch. The first five Regius Professorships, sometimes referred to as the Henrician Regius Professors, were granted arms and crests in 1590.

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Professorships at the University of Cambridge

16th century
Professorship Faculty or Department Benefactor Established Discontinued Notes
Lady Margaret's Professor of Divinity Divinity Lady Margaret Beaufort 1502
Regius Professor of Divinity Divinity Henry VIII 1540
Regius Professor of Civil Law Law Henry VIII 1540
Regius Professor of Physic Medicine Henry VIII 1540 Ex officio Head of the School of Clinical Medicine
Regius Professor of Hebrew Middle Eastern Studies Henry VIII 1540
Regius Professor of Greek Classics Henry VIII 1540
17th century
Professorship Faculty or Department Benefactor Established Discontinued Notes
Sir Thomas Adams's Professor of Arabic Middle Eastern Studies Sir Thomas Adams, 1st Baronet 1632
Lucasian Professor of Mathematics Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics Henry Lucas 1663
Knightbridge Professor of Philosophy Philosophy John Knightbridge 1683
Professor of Music Music 1684
18th century
Professorship Faculty or Department Benefactor Established Discontinued Notes
Yusuf Hamied 1702 Professor of Chemistry Chemistry 1702 Formerly BP Professor of Chemistry (1991–2019), Professor of Organic Chemistry (1943–1991) and Professor of Chemistry (1702–1943)
Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy Astronomy Thomas Plume 1704
Professor of Anatomy Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience 1707
Regius Professor of History History George I 1724 Formerly Regius Professor of Modern History (1724–2010)
Regius Professor of Botany Plant Sciences 1724 Formerly Professor of Botany (1724–2009)
Woodwardian Professor of Geology Earth Sciences John Woodward 1728
Lowndean Professor of Astronomy and Geometry Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics Thomas Lowndes 1749
Norris–Hulse Professor of Divinity Divinity
1777 Formed in 1934 by merger of the Norrisian (1777) and Hulsean (1860) Professorships of Divinity
Jacksonian Professor of Natural Philosophy Physics Rev Richard Jackson 1783
Downing Professor of the Laws of England Law Sir George Downing, 3rd Baronet 1800
19th century
Professorship Faculty or Department Benefactor Established Discontinued Notes
Disney Professor of Archaeology Archaeology John Disney 1851
Lord Almoner's Professor of Arabic Oriental Languages The Crown, via the Lord Almoner 1815 1933 Preceded by a readership of the same title (1724–1815)
Sadleirian Professor of Pure Mathematics Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics Lady Mary Sadleir 1860 Preceded by a lectureship of the same title (1748–1864)
Professor of Political Economy Economics 1863 Title first granted in 1828, permanent professorship established in 1863
Professor of Zoology Zoology 1866 Formerly Professor of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy (1866–1934)
Whewell Professor of International Law Law William Whewell 1867
Kennedy Professor of Latin Classics Friends and former pupils of Benjamin Hall Kennedy 1869 Formerly Professor of Latin (1869–1911)
Slade Professor of Fine Art History of Art Felix Slade 1869
Cavendish Professor of Physics Physics William Cavendish, 7th Duke of Devonshire 1871
Professor of Engineering Engineering 1875 Formerly Professor of Mechanism and Applied Mechanics (1875–1934) and Professor of Mechanical Science (1934–1966)
Elrington and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic Joseph Bosworth 1878
Dixie Professor of Ecclesiastical History History Wolstan Dixie 1882 Preceded by fellowships of Emmanuel College established from the same endowment
Professor of Physiology Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience 1883
Professor of Pathology Pathology 1883 Also ex officio member of the Faculty Board of Clinical Medicine
Ely Professor of Divinity Divinity Canonry of Ely 1889 1980
Bertrand Russell Professor of Philosophy Philosophy 1896 Formerly Professor of Philosophy (1934–2010) and Professor of Mental Philosophy and Logic (1896–1934)
Professor of Ancient History Classics 1898 Also ex officio member of the Faculty Board of History
Drapers Professor of Agriculture Biology Worshipful Company of Drapers 1899 1990
20th century
Professorship Faculty or Department Benefactor Established Discontinued Notes
Quick Professor of Biology Determined upon appointment Frederick James Quick 1906
Professor of Astrophysics Astronomy 1909
Schröder Professor of German Modern and Medieval Languages Messrs J. Henry Schröder and Company 1909
King Edward VII Professor of English Literature English Harold Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere 1911
Arthur Balfour Professor of Genetics Genetics Reginald Brett, 2nd Viscount Esher 1912
Serena Professor of Italian Modern and Medieval Languages Arthur Serena 1919
Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History History Harold Harmsworth, 1st Viscount Rothermere 1919 Formerly Vere Harmsworth Professor of Naval History (1919–1933)
Drapers Professor of French Modern and Medieval Languages Worshipful Company of Drapers 1919
Francis Mond Professor of Aeronautical Engineering Engineering Emile Mond 1919
Professor of Physical Chemistry Chemistry 1920
Sir William Dunn Professor of Biochemistry Biochemistry Sir William Dunn, 1st Baronet, of Lakenheath 1921
Professor of the History of Political Thought History Laura Spelman Rockefeller Memorial 1927
Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics W. W. Rouse Ball 1927
Rouse Ball Professor of English Law Law W. W. Rouse Ball 1927
Professor of Economic History[1] History 1928 Also ex officio member of the Faculty Board of Economics
Professor of Modern History History 1930
Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy Classics Perceval Maitland Laurence 1930
Laurence Professor of Classical Archaeology Classics Perceval Maitland Laurence 1930
Montague Burton Professor of Industrial Relations Economics Montague Burton 1930
Professor of Geography Geography 1931
Professor of Experimental Psychology Psychology 1931
Professor of Mineralogy and Petrology Earth Sciences 1931
John Humphrey Plummer Professors Determined upon appointment 1931
Goldsmiths' Professor of Materials Science Materials Science and Metallurgy Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths 1931
William Wyse Professor of Social Anthropology Social Anthropology William Wyse 1932
Professor of Spanish Modern and Medieval Languages 1933
Comparative Philology Classics 1937
Professor of Medieval History History 1937
Professor of Education Education 1938
Pitt Professor of American History and Institutions Determined upon appointment Cambridge University Press 1944
Professor of Electrical Engineering Engineering 1944
Shell Professor of Chemical Engineering Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology Royal Dutch Shell 1945
Herbert Thompson Professor of Egyptology Oriental Studies Henry Francis Herbert Thompson 1945 1977 Subsequently re-established as a personal professorship (2005–13)
Hopkinson and Imperial Chemical Industries Professor of Applied Thermodynamics Engineering Imperial Chemical Industries 1950
Professor of Small Animal Surgery Veterinary Medicine 1950 Formerly Professor of Comparative Oncology and Genetics (2011–13) and Professor of Veterinary Clinical Studies (1950–2011)
Smuts Professor of Commonwealth History History 1952 Formerly Smuts Professor of the History of the British Commonwealth (1952–94)
Professor of Medieval and Renaissance English English 1954
Wolfson Professor of Criminology Criminology 1959
Professor of Manufacturing Engineering Engineering 1960
Sheild Professor of Pharmacology Pharmacology 1961
Professor of Mathematical Statistics Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics 1961
Professor of Medicine Medicine 1962
Professor of Applied Mathematics Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics 1964
Frank Ramsey Professor of Economics Economics 1965 Formerly Professor of Economics (1965–1994)
Professor of English English 1966
Professor of Engineering Engineering 1966
Sir Kirby Laing Professor of Civil Engineering Engineering Kirby Laing Foundation 1966 Formerly Professor of Engineering (1966–2011)
Professor of Physics Physics 1966
Professor of Geophysics Earth Sciences 1966
Churchill Professor of Mathematics for Operational Research Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics Esso Petroleum Company Limited 1966
Joseph Needham Professor of Chinese History, Science, and Civilization East Asian Studies
1966 Formerly Professor of Chinese (1966–2008)
Mary Marshall and Arthur Walton Professor of the Physiology of Reproduction Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience Francis Marshall 1967
Professor of Mathematical Physics Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics 1967
Professor of Slavonic Studies Modern and Medieval Languages 1968
Simón Bolívar Professor of Latin-American Studies Determined upon appointment Government of Venezuela 1968
Professor of Chemistry Physics & Chemistry 1968
Geoffrey Moorhouse Gibson Professor of Chemistry Chemistry
Professor of Architecture Architecture 1970
Professor of Economics Economics 1970
Rank Professor of Engineering Engineering 1971
Arthur Goodhart Visiting Professor in Legal Science Law Overbrook Foundation 1971
Alexander Todd Visiting Professor of Chemistry Physics & Chemistry 1972
Professor of Law (1973)[2] Law 1973
Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine Public Health and Primary Care 1975
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1975
Professor of Clinical Biochemistry and Medicine Clinical Biochemistry 1977
Professor of Radiology Radiology 1977
Sheila Joan Smith Professor of Immunology Medicine Herchel Smith 1977 Formerly Sheila Joan Smith Professor of Tumour Immunology (1977–1988)
Professor of Paediatrics Paediatrics 1978
Professor of Mathematical Physics Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics 1978
Paul Mellon Professor of American History History Andrew W. Mellon Foundation 1980
Herchel Smith Professor of Medicinal Chemistry Clinical Medicine American Friends of Cambridge University 1982
Charles Darwin Professor of Animal Embryology School of the Biological Sciences Edward J. Bles 1982 Previously established as a personal professorship (1967–1981)
Jawaharlal Nehru Visiting Professor Determined upon appointment Edward J. Bles 1983
Professor of Japanese Studies East Asian Studies Keidanren 1984
Professor of Sociology Sociology 1985
Professor of Haematology Haematology 1986
KPMG Professor of Management Studies Judge Business School Peat, Marwick, and Mitchell & Co. 1986
Professor of Clinical Gerontology Public Health and Primary Care 1987
Professor of Medicine Medicine 1987
Herchel Smith Professor of Organic Chemistry Chemistry American Friends of Cambridge University 1988
Professor of Neurology Clinical Neurosciences 1988
Professor of English and Applied Linguistics Modern and Medieval Languages 1988
Sir Alan Cottrell Professor of Materials Science Materials Science and Metallurgy 1988 Formerly Professor of Materials Science (1988–2012)
Professor of Theoretical Geophysics Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics 1989
George Pitt-Rivers Professor of Archaeological Science Archaeology 1990
Professor of Neurosurgery Clinical Neurosciences 1990
Diageo Professor of Management Studies Judge Business School 1990
Professor of Molecular Endocrinology Clinical Biochemistry 1990 Formerly Serono Professor of Molecular Endocrinology (1990–2014)
Professor of Land Economy Land Economy 1991
Professor of Virology Pathology 1991
S. J. Berwin Professor of Corporate Law Law S. J. Berwin and Co. 1991
GlaxoSmithKline Professor of Microbial Pathogenesis Medicine Glaxo Holdings plc 1991
Professor of Histopathology Pathology 1992
G. I. Taylor Professor of Fluid Mechanics Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics Gladys Davies 1992
BBV Foundation Visiting Professor Determined upon appointment BBV Foundation, Bilbao 1992
John Wilfrid Linnett Visiting Professor of Chemistry Cambridge 1993
Professor of Geography Geography 1993
Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law Law American Friends of Cambridge University 1993
Professor of Statistical Science Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics 1994
Professor of Computer Science Computer Science and Technology 1994
Professor of European Law Law 1994
Professor of Information Engineering Engineering 1994
Professor of Immunology Pathology 1995
Marks & Spencer Professor of Farm Animal Health, Food Science, and Food Safety Veterinary Medicine Marks and Spencer plc 1996
Professor of Surgery Surgery 1996
Beckwith Professor of Management Studies Judge Business School Peter Beckwith 1996
Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations Politics and International Studies B.A.T. Industries plc 1996
Professor of Medical Genetics Medical Genetics 1997
Hans Rausing Professor of History and Philosophy of Science History and Philosophy of Science 1997
Ursula Zoëllner Professor of Cancer Research Oncology F. A. Zoëllner 1997
Professor of Mechanical Engineering Engineering 1997
Professor of Computer Technology Computer Science and Technology 1997
Sinyi Professor of Chinese Management Judge Business School Sinyi Foundation 1997
Robert Sansom Professor of Computer Science Computer Science and Technology Robert Sansom 1998
Professor of Endocrinology Medicine 1998
Dennis Gillings Professor of Health Management Judge Business School Dennis Gillings 1998
Margaret Thatcher Professor of Enterprise Studies Judge Business School Margaret Thatcher Foundation 1998
Unilever Professor of Molecular Sciences Informatics Chemistry Unilever plc 1999
BP Professor of Petroleum Science Earth Sciences 1999
Grosvenor Professor of Real Estate Finance Land Economy 1999
Schlumberger Professor of Complex Physical Systems Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics 1999
Professor of Chemical Engineering Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology 1999
Professor of Education Education 2000 Formerly Professor of Primary Education (2000–2005)
Professor of Education Education 2000 Formerly Professor of Educational Leadership (2000–2007)
Professor of Linguistics Modern and Medieval Languages 2000
Professor of Psychology in the Social Sciences Psychology 2000
Professor of Plant Ecology Plant Sciences 2000
Professor of Physical Geography Geography 2000
Professor of Human Geography Geography 2000
Professor of Psychiatry Psychiatry 2000
21st century
Professorship Faculty or Department Benefactor Established Discontinued Notes
N. M. Rothschild & Sons Professor of Mathematical Sciences N. M. Rothschild & Sons 2001 Ex officio Director of the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences
Marconi Professor of Communications Systems Computer Science and Technology Marconi plc 2001
Professor of Oncological Pathology Pathology 2001
Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery Surgery 2001
Adam Smith Professor of Corporate Governance Judge Business School 2001 Formerly Robert Monks Professorship of Corporate Governance (2001–11)
Professor of English English 2001
Van Eck Professor of Engineering Engineering Fred van Eck 2001
Prince Philip Professor of Technology Engineering 2001 Established to mark the 80th birthday of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and the 25th anniversary of his election as Chancellor
Hitachi Professor of Electron Device Physics Physics Hitachi Ltd 2002
Leigh Trapnell Professor of Quantum Physics Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics Hazel N. Trapnell 2002
Professor of Accounting Judge Business School 2002
Sandra Dawson Visiting Professor of Marketing, Strategy, and Innovation Judge Business School
  • Gianni Montezemolo
  • Joan Montezemolo
2002 Formerly Visiting Professorship of Marketing, Strategy, and Innovation (2002–2013)
Professor of Environmental Systems Analysis Geography 2003
Professor of Plant Systematics and Evolution Plant Sciences 2003
Professor of Gastroenterology Medicine 2003
Herchel Smith Professorship of Pure Mathematics Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics Herchel Smith 2004
Herchel Smith Professor of Molecular Genetics Genetics Herchel Smith 2004
Professor of Education Education 2004
Professor of Education Education 2004 2017
Bernard Wolfe Professor of Health Neuroscience Determined upon appointment Woco Foundation of Canada 2004
Professor of Information Engineering Engineering 2004
Herchel Smith Professor of Physics Physics Herchel Smith 2004
Herchel Smith Professor of Biochemistry Biochemistry Herchel Smith 2005
Professor of Family Research Psychology 2005
French Government Visiting Professor Modern and Medieval Languages 2005
Professor of Education Education 2005
Herchel Smith Professor of Molecular Biology Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience Herchel Smith 2006
Sigrid Rausing Professor of Social Anthropology Social Anthropology Sigrid M. Rausing 2006 Formerly Sigrid Rausing Professor of Collaborative Anthropology (2006–11)
Miriam Rothschild Professorship of Conservation Biology Zoology Lisbet Rausing Charitable Fund 2006
His Majesty Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Professor of Modern Arabic Studies Middle Eastern Studies Qaboos bin Said al Said 2006
Professor of Applied Mathematics Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics 2006
Professor of Physics Physics 2006
Professor of Comparative Pathology Veterinary Medicine Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries 2006 Formerly Professor of Veterinary Science (2006–07)
Genzyme Professor of Experimental Medicine Medicine Genzyme Corporation 2006
Moran Professor of Conservation and Development Geography
  • James Wilson
  • Jane Wilson (née Hepburne Scott)
Winton Professor of the Public Understanding of Risk Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics Winton Charitable Foundation 2006
Jawaharlal Nehru Professor of Indian Business and Enterprise Judge Business School High Commission of India 2007
Li Ka Shing Professor of Oncology Oncology Li Ka Shing Foundation 2007
Prince Philip Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Zoology 2007 Established to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the installation of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as Chancellor
Sir Evelyn de Rothschild Professor of Finance Judge Business School Eranda Rothchild Foundation 2007
Professor of Experimental Astrophysics Physics 2008
Professor of Education Education 2008
A. G. Leventis Professor of Greek Culture Classics A. G. Leventis Foundation 2008
Tata Steel Professor of Metallurgy Materials Science and Metallurgy Tata Steel (UK) Ltd 2008
Professor of Veterinary Diagnostic Pathology Veterinary Medicine 2009 Formerly Professor of Diagnostic Veterinary Pathology (2009)
Diane Middlebrook and Carl Djerassi Visiting Professor of Gender Studies Politics and International Studies Carl Djerassi 2009
Sir Arthur Marshall Visiting Professor of Urban Design Architecture D. G. Marshall of Cambridge Trust 2010 Formerly Sir Arthur Marshall Visiting Professor of Sustainable Urban Design (2010–15)
Visiting Professor of Architecture Architecture 2010
Professor of Photonic Systems and Displays Engineering 2010
Pembroke Visiting Professor of International Finance Judge Business School 2010
BP Foundation McKenzie Professor of Earth Sciences Earth Sciences BP Foundation 2010
Humanitas Visiting Professors Institute for Strategic Dialogue 2010
Professor of Historical and Cultural Geography Geography 2011 Formerly Professor of Demography (2011–14)
Sultan Qaboos Professor of Abrahamic Faiths and Shared Values Divinity Qaboos bin Said al Said 2011
Professor of Education Education 2011
Dyson Professor of Fluid Mechanics Engineering Dyson Technology Limited 2011
Regius Professor of Engineering Engineering 2011 Established to commemorate the retirement of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as Chancellor
Harold Samuel Professor of Law and Environmental Policy Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge Estate Management Development Fund 2012
Chong Hua Professor of Chinese Development Politics and International Studies Chong Hua Educational Foundation 2012
Professor of Sustainable Reaction Engineering Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology 2012
Professor of Politics Politics and International Studies 2012
Professor of Engineering Engineering 2012
John Harvard Professor of the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Alternating between institutions in the Schools of Arts and Humanities, and of the Humanities and Social Sciences
Stephen W. Hawking Professor of Cosmology Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics Avery–Tsui Foundation 2014
Professor of History of Art History of Art 2015
LEGO Professor of Play in Education, Development and Learning[3] Education The LEGO Foundation 2015
Janeway Professor of Financial Economics Economics Weslie and William Janeway 2015
Professor of Infrastructure Geotechnics Engineering 2015
El-Erian Professor of Economics Economics Mohamed El-Erian 2016
Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law Law Sir David Li, Li family, Robinson College and anonymous benefactors[4] 2016
Professor of Public Policy Politics and International Studies 2016
Russell R. Geiger Professor of Crop Science Plant Sciences Russell R. Geiger 2016
Professor of Information and Communications Engineering 2016
Professor of Computer Science Computer Science and Technology 2016
Al-Kindi Professor Genetics King Abdullah University of Science and Technology 2017
Bennett Professor of Public Policy Politics and International Studies Peter W. Bennett 2017
Dr John C. Taylor Professor of Public Innovation Engineering John Taylor 2017
Jennifer Ward Oppenheimer Professor of the Deep History and Archaeology of Africa Archaeology Jonathan and Jennifer Oppenheimer Foundation 2017
Versus Arthritis Professor of Rheumatology Medicine Versus Arthritis 2018 Formerly ARUK Professorship of Rheumatology (2018–2019)
Professor of Digital Humanities Centre for Research in the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities 2018
Professor of Accounting Judge Business School 2018
DeepMind Professor of Machine Learning Computer Science and Technology DeepMind 2019
Nanjing Professor of Technology and Innovation Engineering Nanjing Healthcare Investment Area and Development Company 2019


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  2. ^ "History of the Faculty | Faculty of Law". Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge. Archived from the original on 22 September 2020. Retrieved 13 November 2020. The other established chairs in the Faculty are: the Whewell (International Law, 1867), the Rouse Ball (English Law, 1927), the Wolfson (Criminology, 1959), the Arthur Goodhart Visiting Professorship (1971), the Professorship of Law (1973), the S.J. Berwin (Corporate Law, 1991), the Herchel Smith Professorship of Intellectual Property Law (1993), and the Professorship of European Law (1994).
  3. ^ "World-leading academic appointed to lead play research centre". University of Cambridge. 26 May 2017. Retrieved 26 May 2017.
  4. ^ "Gift in honour of Sir David Williams". Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge. 20 April 2016. Archived from the original on 13 November 2020. Retrieved 13 November 2020.
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