Dudley Medley

Biography of Dudley Medley

Dudley Medley
Dudley Medley

Dudley Julius Medley (1861-1953) was Professor of Modern History at the University from 1899 until 1931. He was Chairman of the University Appointments Committee for many years and was awarded an LLD in 1931.

Medley graduated from Keble College, Oxford with a first in Modern History. He was a lecturer and tutor at the College, where he was given the nickname "Deadly Muddly", before coming to Glasgow in 1899. He threw himself into the life of the University, encouraging the General Council to take a more active role in its affairs; serving for sixteen years as Honorary President of the Athletic Club, and introducing the annual conversazione at which graduates had the opportunity to meet members of the Court and Senate. He set up a class library in the Department of History, the first in the University, and founded the History Club.

The son of a Major-General, Medley took a great interest in the Officer Training Corps and he was Chairman of the Military Education Committee at the University and of the Central Organization Military Education Committees. He was also a member of the Glasgow School Board.


Dudley Medley

Born 31 March 1861.
Died 14 October 1953.
University Link: Honorary Graduate, Professor
GU Degree: LLD, 1931;
Occupation categories: historians
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Record last updated: 13th Jun 2008

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