About this Fellow
Sir Keith Thomas was born in 1933 and educated at Barry County Grammar School and Balliol College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. He has spent all his academic career in Oxford, as a senior scholar of St. Antony's (1955), a Prize Fellow of All Souls (1955-57), Fellow and Tutor of St John's (1957-85), Reader (1978-85), ad hominem Professor (1986) and President of Corpus Christi (1986-2000). He returned to All Souls as a Distinguished Fellow (2001-15). He is now an Honorary Fellow of All Souls, Balliol, Corpus Christi and St John's. Elected FBA in 1979, he was President of the British Academy (1993-97). He is a member of the Academia Europaea, a Founding Member of the Learned Society of Wales, a Foreign Hon. Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and an Hon. Member of the Japan Academy. He has held visiting appointments at Princeton, Stanford, Columbia and Louisiana State Universities. He has published essays on many different aspects of the social and cultural history of early modern England. His books include Religion and the Decline of Magic (1971), Man and the Natural World (1983), The Oxford Book of Work (1999) and The Ends of Life (2009).
- Honorary Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, formerly President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and Past President of the British Academy
- Fellow, All Souls College University of Oxford, 1955 - 1957
- Fellow and Tutor, St John's College University of Oxford, 1957 - 1985
- Reader, Professor in Modern History, University of Oxford, 1978 - 1986
- President, Corpus Christi College University of Oxford, 1986 - 2000
- Fellow, All Souls College University of Oxford, 2001
- Honorary Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, formerly President of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, and Past President of the British Academy, Corpus Christi College University of Oxford, 1986
British Academy Appointments
- President, 1993 - 1997
History of science, 16th-19th centuries.: probability and statistics; scientific observation; objectivity; formal theories of rationality
Religions history, 'Histoire de l'imaginaire', Wars of religion, War & peace during the European Renaissance, astrology, early modern political thought.
The Holy Roman Empire in its European context from the fifteenth century to 1806; the legacy of the Holy Roman Empire in German-speaking central Europe from 1806 to the present
History of moral, political & legal thought 1600-1800, especially natural law & rights; Enlightenment in Germany, Scandinavia & Scotland; scholarly editions of eighteenth century texts.