Wilkinson: The Papers of Lancelot Patrick Wilkinson
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- 1928 - 1985
Biographical / Historical
During the Second World War Wilkinson worked at the Government Communication Headquarters at Bletchley Park within the Italian Naval Section, where he was a code-breaker. It was during this time that he completed his first book 'Horace and his Lyric Poetry', based on his Fellowship dissertation. He also met and married Sydney Eason whilst working at Bletchley.
In 1945 Patrick and Sydney returned to Cambridge and after the death of Ronald Balfour, Patrick was appointed Assistant Tutor, to become Tutor the following year. Though Tutor at King's from 1946 to 1956 he continued his University work, serving on the Council of the Senate, undertaking the role of Deputy Orator (1950-51) and then Orator (from 1957) and becoming University correspondent of 'The Times'. In 1961 he was elected Vice-Provost of King's College, taking on the role of Provost during Noel Annan's year of absence in 1964-65. It was during his time as Vice-Provost that he became responsible for publishing obituaries of Kingsmen in the Annual Report, a job he continued after his tenure as Vice-Provost in the capacity of Obituarist. In his time he completed over 800 obituaries. He produced, with Harold Bulmer, two volumes of the King's Register (1919-1958 and 1945-1970) and in retirement wrote two highly regarded volumes on the College: 'A Century of King's' and 'Kingsmen of a Century', published in 1982. He died on 23rd April 1985.
For further biographical information about Lancelot Patrick Wilkinson, the reader is directed to his College obituary written by Donald Parry and to Wilkinson's own notes in LPW/12/1/2.
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