Anthony (Tony) King was Professor of Government at the University of Essex from 1969, having been appointed Senior Lecturer in 1966, to his death in 2017. Originally from Canada, he was educated both at Queen’s University Ontario and Oxford, gaining a First in both institutions, before going on to DPhil work at Nuffield College, which was completed in 1962 after he had become a Fellow of Magdalen College. He researched and published across a wide range of political science topics, including elections, parties and party systems, the practice of government, public policy, political leadership and American politics. He was instrumental in founding the British Journal of Political Science, which he also edited over a number of years. He served on the Committee on Standards in Public Life and on the Royal Commission on the Reform of the House of Lords. As a journalist and broadcaster he was much in demand, particularly on election nights.