- 1931-1962 (Creation)
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George Norman Garmonsway was born at Hartlepool, County Durham, on 6 May 1898. He studied at St Catherine’s College, Cambridge, finally graduating in 1921 after spending two years in the Royal Garrison Artillery during the First World War.
His teaching career began at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, where he lectured in English between 1921 and 1930. It was during this time that he published ‘An Early Norse Reader’ (1928).
He then moved to King’s College, University of London, as a Lecturer, Reader and finally Professor of English Language and Medieval Literature from 1956. In 1954 he was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society. During his time at London he published his translations of ‘Aelfric’s Colloquy’ (1939) and ‘The Anglo Saxon Chronicle’ (1954), as well as ‘Canute and his Empire’ (1963) and ‘The Penguin English Dictionary’ in collaboration with Jacqueline Simpson (1965).
In the 1950s and 1960s Professor Garmonsway also spent time abroad, as Visiting Professor of English at the University of California in Los Angeles in 1955 and at the University of North Carolina in 1962. Following his retirement in 1965 he also taught at the University of Toronto.
Professor Garmonsway died in Toronto on 28 February 1967.
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