William Paton Ker

Biography of William Paton Ker

The WP Ker Lectureship is named for the literary scholar William Paton Ker (1855-1923).

Born in Glasgow, Ker studied at the University and went to Balliol College Oxford as a Snell Exhibitioner. He was elected a Fellow of All Souls College in 1879. He was Professor of English Literature and History at University College of South Wales, 1883-1889, and Quain Professor of English Language and Literature at University College, London, 1889-1922. He became Director of the new Department of Scandinavian Studies at UCL in 1917 and he was Professor of Poetry at Oxford from 1920 until his death.


William Paton Ker
Literary Scholar

Born 30 August 1855.
Died 17 July 1923.
University Link: Alumnus
Occupation categories: literary scholars
NNAF Reference: GB/NNAF/P130389
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Record last updated: 29th May 2007

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