Dr. Rowan Douglas Williams

Dr. Rowan Douglas Williams became Master of Magdalene College in 2013.  He was educated at Dynevor Secondary Grammar School in Swansea, he came up to Christ’s College in 1968.  He studied for his doctorate at Christ Church and Wadham College Oxford, working on the Russian Orthodox theologian Vladimir Lossky.  His career began as a lecturer at Mirfield, West Yorkshire (1975-1977).  He returned to Cambridge as Tutor and Director of Studies at Westcott House.  After ordination in Ely Cathedral, and serving as Honorary Assistant Priest at St George’s Chesterton, he was appointed to a University lectureship in Divinity.  In 1984 he was elected a Fellow and Dean of Clare College.  Then, still only 36, he was back to Oxford as Lady Margaret Professor of Divinity for six years, before becoming Bishop of Monmouth, and, from 2000, Archbishop of Wales.  He was awarded the Oxford higher degree of Doctor of Divinity in 1989, and an honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree in 2005; Cambridge followed in 2006 with an honorary Doctor of Divinity.  He holds honorary doctorates from considerably more than a dozen other universities, from Durham to K U Leuven, Toronto to Bonn.  In 1990 he was elected a Fellow of the British Academy.  Dr. Williams is a noted poet and translator of poetry, and, apart from Welsh, speaks or reads nine other languages.  He learnt Russian in-order to read the works of Dostoevsky in the original.  This led to a book; he has also published studies of Arius, Teresa of Avila, and Sergii Bulgakov, together with writings on a wide range of theological, historical and political themes.