Biography of Gilbert Murray
George Gilbert Aimé Murray (1866-1957) was Professor of Greek at the University, 1889 to 1899. He was awarded an LLD in 1900.
Born in Australia, Murray moved to England as a child. He was a distinguished student at St John's College, Oxford, graduating with firsts in Classical Moderations (1886) and Literae Humaniores (1888). He was only 23 years of age when he was appointed to the Glasgow chair.
Murray taught classes of up to 100 students at the University and completed one major work of scholarship, History of Ancient Greek Literature (1897), before he was forced to resign due to ill-health. He returned to Oxford as a Fellow of New College in 1905 and in 1908 became Regius Professor of Greek there.
A Gladstonian Liberal in his Glasgow days, Murray became a fervent supporter of the League of Nations after the First World War and was Chairman of the League of Nations Union, 1928 to 1940.