Professor Terence Ranger

It is with great sadness that we announce that Professor Terence Ranger, Fellow of St Antony’s College (1987-97), died on 3 December at the age of 85.

Terry was the pioneer of Africanist history, he taught at the University of Dar es Salaam before taking professorships at UCLA, the University of Manchester, and Oxford where he was the Rhodes Chair of Race Relations. As well as authoring many highly influential studies of Zimbabwe and African history more generally, he co-edited (with Eric Hobsbwam) the groundbreaking study 'The Invention of Tradition' in 1983. Terry was a great supporter of the African Studies Centre and donated his library to us which is held in a reading room named in his memory.