Neil McKendrick
Born (1935-07-28) 28 July 1935 (age 87)
Spouse(s)Melveena McKendrick[1]
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Cambridge
Notable students[2] Quentin Skinner
Norman Stone
Richard Overy
Orlando Figes
David Reynolds
Andrew Roberts
Christopher Andrew
Alain de Botton

Neil McKendrick MA FRHistS (born 28 July 1935[3]) was the 40th Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge. He is now a life fellow of the college.

McKendrick was educated at Alderman Newton's School, Leicester, and Christ's College, Cambridge, where he won an Entrance Scholarship.[4] He is an Emeritus Reader in History having taught Modern English Social and Economic History as well as Business, Literature and Society, 1690–1990. He is also a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.[5] During his time at the college he was successively Lecturer in History, Director of Studies in History, Graduate Tutor and Master.[citation needed]

McKendrick was Chairman of the college committee which presided over the plans for the Cockerell Building, now the College Library, the Auditorium, and the public rooms in Gonville Court, directed by neo-classical architect John Simpson. More recently, he was even more deeply involved in their completion and their formal openings by the Duke of Edinburgh and the Prince of Wales – and in the refurbishment of the Master's Lodge, also John Simpson's work.[citation needed]

McKendrick's name on Staircase L at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge in 2010.
McKendrick's name on Staircase L at Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge in 2010.

Also under the Mastership of Neil McKendrick the College embarked on a fundraising appeal to support the construction of a new accommodation building, the Stephen Hawking Building, on the college's West Road site.

He featured in Pseuds Corner of the Private Eye:[6]

There were, of course, some serious setbacks. The year 2000 saw Russia draw ahead of Caius in the number of prizes it has won.

NEIL MCKENDRICK, Master of Gonville & Caius College Cambridge, writing in its annual record, The Caian
Pseuds Corner, Private Eye

McKendrick is the namesake of the Neil McKendrick Lectureship in History at Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge, currently held by Dr Melissa Calaresu.[7]

Offices held

Academic offices Preceded byPeter Gray Master of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge 1996–2006 Succeeded bySir Christopher Hum



  1. ^ Melveena McKendrick. Woman and Society in the Spanish Drama of the Golden Age: A Study of the Mujer Varonil. Cambridge University Press. 4 July 1974. ISBN 0521202949
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  3. ^ Neil McKendrick, Esq, FRHistS.
  4. ^ "McKENDRICK, Neil". Who's Who. Vol. 2019 (online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.) (subscription required)
  5. ^ People – Mr Neil McKendrick, University of Cambridge
  6. ^ Pseuds Corner. Private Eye.
  7. ^ Eating Ice-Cream on the Streets of Naples: Materiality and Ephemerality in the History of Food. Bard Graduate Center