James Tumelty

Biography of James Tumelty

James J Tumelty (1920-1978) was a Senior Lecturer in History at the University from 1950 until his death. The James J Tumelty Prize is named for him.

Born in Jarrow, Tumelty served in the RAF during the Second World War and was shot down over Hungary in 1944. He studied at King's College Newcastle, graduating in 1947 with a First in History from the University of Durham, and was awarded a PhD by the University of Cambridge. He was a highly respected teacher and his book Britain Today (of which three editions were published between 1962 and 1978) had an an important influence on Scottish eduction policy formation.


James Tumelty

Born 1920.
Died 5 September 1978.
University Link: Lecturer
Occupation categories: historians
Record last updated: 5th Feb 2008

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