Memorial event for Randolph Quirk in London, 9 July 2019

We warmly invite you to come to the British Academy in London on Tuesday 9 July 2019 1:30 – 7 pm to celebrate the life of the eminent linguist and scholar, Professor Lord Randolph Quirk CBE (1920-2017).

Randolph Quirk was born on 12 July 1920 on the Isle of Man. He studied at University College London, where he later became Quain Professor in English Language and Literature. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of London from 1981 to 1985.

Quirk became a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1976 and was knighted in 1985. He was President of the British Academy from 1985 to 1989 and became a life peer as Baron Quirk of Bloomsbury on 12 July 1994.

He is well-known for founding the Survey of English Usage at UCL in 1959, but most of all for the monumental Comprehensive Grammar of the English Language (1985), which he co-authored with Sidney Greenbaum, Geoffrey Leech and Jan Svartvik. This book, which became known as Quirk et al. is one of the great standard reference grammars of English.

If you knew Randolph personally, were inspired by him, or would simply like to learn more about his impact on linguistics and the university, you are more than welcome to attend.


Bas Aarts
Dick Hudson
Jenny Cheshire
Liliane Haegeman
David Denison
David Crystal

Location: The British Academy, Carlton House Terrace, St. James’s, London SW1Y 5AH

Register here:

The British Academy’s public events are free, but not everyone who registers for tickets attends. To make sure we have a full house we may allocate more tickets than there are seats. We do our best to get the numbers right, but unfortunately we occasionally have to disappoint people. Admission is on a first come, first served basis, so please arrive in good time for the start of the event.


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