Barry Supple, CBE., became Master of St.Catharine’s College, Cambridge and subsequently Chief Executive of the Leverhulme Trust.


Hackney Downs School (where he was a contemporary of Harold Pinter)
London School of Economics (Honorary Fellow, 2001)
Christ’s College, Cambridge

Barry Supple

Barry Supple

Barry Supple CBE, FBA, is Emeritus Professor of Economic History, University of Cambridge, and a former Director of the Leverhulme Trust. Between 1955 and 1981 he held academic appointments at the Harvard Business School, McGill University, the University of Sussex (where he was Pro Vice-Chancellor) and the University of Oxford. He was elected to the Chair of Economic History in Cambridge in 1981 and to the Mastership of St Catharine’s College in 1983. At various times, Professor Supple has been President of the Economic History Society, a Council member of the UK Social Science Research Council, Chairman of its Postgraduate Training Board and its Economic and Social History Committee, and Chairman of the modern History Section and Foreign Secretary of the British Academy. In 1993 he left Cambridge to be Director of the Leverhulme Trust, retiring from this post in 2001. He is presently the Chairman of the International Advisory Panel for the Endangered Archives Programme, which is administered by the British Library on behalf of the Arcadia Trust (formerly the Lisbet Rausing Charitable Fund).

Assistant Professor of Business History, Harvard University, 1955-60
Associate Prof. of Economic History, McGill University, 1960-62
University of Sussex: Lecturer, Reader, then Professor of Economic and Social History, 1962-78; Dean, School of Social Sciences, 1965-68; Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Arts and Social Studies), 1968-72; Pro-Vice-Chancellor, 1978
University of Oxford: Reader in Recent Social and Economic History, 1978-81; Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford, 1978-81
Professorial Fellow, 1981-83, Honorary Fellow, 1984, Christ’s College, Cambridge
Master of St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, 1984-93 (Honorary Fellow, 1993)
Director, Leverhulme Trust, 1993-2001
Honours and other positions
Honorary Fellow, Worcester College, Oxford 1986
Associate Fellow, Trumbull College, Yale University, 1986
Chairman, Consultative Committee of Assessment of Performance Unit, Department of Education and Science, 1975-80
President, Economic History Society, 1992-95
Fellow of the British Academy, 1987; Foreign Secretary, 1995-99
CBE, 2000