1967 - Gordon Johnson and Peter Khoroche

Scope and Content

The series consists of administrative correspondence and notices; and copies of the two prize-winning essays.

Administrative / Biographical History

Gordon Johnson was President of Wolfson College between December 1993 and September 2010 and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Cambridge University from 2002 until 2010. He was the first Provost of the Gates Cambridge Trust (2000-2010) and became President of the Royal Asiatic Society in 2009. He was made an Honorary Fellow of Wolfson College in 2010.

Educated at Richmond School, Yorkshire, and Trinity College, Cambridge, he became an historian of India, and later of Cambridge. He taught at Trinity and Selwyn Colleges before coming to Wolfson. He was Director of the Centre for South Asian Studies from 1983 to 2001. He has served on the Council of the Royal Asiatic Society including being its President.

Peter Khoroche is an independent scholar and translator as well as the author of monographs on the British artists Ivon Hitchens and Ben Nicholson. He lives in Suffolk.


The series was divided into two sub-series thus:

  • RAS UPE/28/1 - Administrative Correspondence and Notices
  • RAS UPE/28/2 - Essays

Related Material

In the Council Minutes for 8 June 1967 it was reported that the essay title submitted by P.A. Khoroche was accepted and that Mr. Gordon Johnson be invited to submit a more specific title, and in the Minutes for 12 October 1967 it was recorded that referees for the two submitted essays had been selected. In the Minutes for 14 December 1967, it was noted that since the essays were of equal merit, the prize would be divided between the two candidates. In the report of the Anniversary Meeting in the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, 1968, p.210, it was reported that the Prize Essay had been jointly won by Gordon Johnson and Peter Khoroche.