Barry Supple

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Barry Emanuel Supple, CBE, FBA (born 27 October 1930, Hackney, London), is Emeritus Professor of Economic History, University of Cambridge, and a former Director of the Leverhulme Trust. He is the father of theatre and opera director Tim Supple.



  • Assistant Professor of Business History, Harvard University, 1955–1960
  • Associate Prof. of Economic History, McGill University, 1960–1962
  • University of Sussex: Lecturer, Reader, then Professor of Economic and Social History, 1962–1978; Dean, School of Social Sciences, 1965–1968; Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Arts and Social Studies), 1968–1972; Pro-Vice-Chancellor, 1978
  • University of Oxford: Reader in Recent Social and Economic History, 1978–1981; Professorial Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford, 1978–1981
  • Professorial Fellow, 1981–1983, Honorary Fellow, 1984, Christ's College, Cambridge
  • Master of St. Catharine's College, Cambridge, 1984-1993 (Honorary Fellow, 1993)
  • Director, Leverhulme Trust, 1993–2001

Honours and other positions

Selected bibliography

  • Supple, Barry. Doors Open. Cambridge, UK: Asher, 2008. ISBN 0-9560057-0-5 (Autobiography; described in The Clove's Lines 3.2 [March 2009]: 13.)
  • Supple, Barry. "Harold Pinter – Some Memories." The Clove's Lines: The Newsletter of The Clove Club: The Old Boys of Hackney Downs School 3.2 (March 2009): 6–7. Print.[1]


  1. According to Supple, this account consists of "edited excerpts" from Doors Open. The Clove Club Newsletter is edited by G. L. ("Willie") Watkins, who also edited 'Fortune's Fool': A Life of Joe Brearley: The Man Who Taught Harold Pinter (Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, Eng.: TwigBooks, 2008). Brearley taught English literature and directed school theatre productions at Hackney Downs School, which both Supple and Pinter attended from 1942 to 1949 and 1948, respectively; in this memoir Supple recalls Pinter's performance as Romeo in Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, as directed by Brearley, in which Supple played Mercutio, and Brearley's influence on Pinter and other students.


  • "Barry Emanuel Supple." Listing in Who's Who 2005.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Peter Swinnerton-Dyer
Master of St Catharine's College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Terence English