Professor appointed By-Fellow of Churchill College
16 February 2017
Kevin Ruane, Professor of Modern History, has been made a By-Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge.
Churchill College is the national and Commonwealth memorial to Sir Winston Churchill. This prestigious award is in recognition of Professor Ruane’s work not just on Churchill, but on modern British history over the last three decades.
“It's a huge honour”, Professor Ruane said. “I first went to Churchill College, where the Churchill Archive is housed, in the late 1980s when I was researching my PhD, and I've been a regular visitor there ever since. I've also done a good deal of work on the Churchill online-Archive, which has digitized nearly a million pages of Churchill's letters, memos and papers.”
Professor Ruane will take up the Fellowship in January 2018 and spend several months in Cambridge working on his next book, a study of the Churchill-Eden relationship and the Cold War in Asia in the 1950s.
In addition, he will also be going to the United States in the summer of 2018 as a Visiting Scholar at Westminster College, Fulton, Missouri. He added: “Fulton was where Churchill delivered his famous Iron Curtain speech in 1946, and the National Churchill Museum there has become a place of pilgrimage for Churchill scholars around the world.”
Professor Ruane’s book, Churchill and the Bomb, was published to great acclaim last September. The book explores Winston Churchill’s relationship to nuclear weapons, from the race to beat the Nazis to the secret of the Bomb in World War II through to the Cold War and his emergence, in the 1950s, as a pioneer of mutually-assured destruction.