Biography of Sir Denis Brogan
Denis William Brogan
The Denis Brogan Professor of American Studies is named for Sir Denis William Brogan (1900-1974), an international authority in American and French political history. He left a large collection of his papers and books to the University Library.
Brogan was born in Glasgow and graduated MA from the University in 1923. He went on to graduate with a first class in History at Balliol College, Oxford and to study at Harvard on a Rockefeller scholarship. After a brief stint working as a journalist at The Times, he became a lecturer in History at University College, London. He was appointed a lecturer in Politics at the LSE in 1930 and in 1934 a tutor at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. In 1939 he was elected Professor of Political Science at Cambridge.
During the Second World War, Brogan served as an intelligence officer to the European and American services of the BBC. He returned to Cambridge after the War, and remained there until his retirement in 1968.
Brogan was awarded an LLD by the University in 1946, and was knighted in 1963.