George Rowley

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George Rowley (4 April 1782 – 5 October 1836) was Dean and Master of University College, Oxford and Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University.[1]

Rowley was educated at Abingdon School in Abingdon, south of Oxford.

George Rowley was the Dean of University College in the early 19th century, at the time of Percy Bysshe Shelley's expulsion for writing the pamphlet The Necessity of Atheism in 1811. He became Master of University College from 1821 to 1836 and later Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University from 1832 to 1836. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society on 14 November 1811.[2]


  1. Darwall-Smith, Robin, A History of University College, Oxford. Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN 978-0-19-928429-0. George Rowley and Travers Twiss: 1821–1836, pages 343–351.
  2. List of Fellows of the Royal Society, 1660 – 2007: K – Z, Royal Society, Library and Information Services.
Academic offices
Preceded by
James Griffith
Master of University College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Frederick Charles Plumptre
Preceded by
John Collier Jones
Vice-Chancellor of Oxford University
Succeeded by
Ashhurst Turner Gilbert