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Gordon Alexander Craig

Gordon Alexander Craig, American historian, educator.


  • Craig, Gordon Alexander was born on November 26, 1913 in Glasgow, Scotland. Came to the United States, 1925. Son of Frank Mansfield and Jane (Bissell) Craig.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Princeton University, 1936. Master of Arts, Princeton University, 1939. Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1941.

      Doctor of Letters (honorary), Princeton University, 1970. BLitt (Rhodes Scholar), Oxford University, England, 1938. Doctor of Philosophy (honorary), Free University Berlin, 1983.

      HHD (honorary), Ball State University, 1984. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Wake Forest University, 1988.


    • Instructor history Yale University, New Haven, 1939-1941. From instructor to professor history Princeton University, New Jersey, 1941-1961. Professor history Stanford University, California, 1961—2005, J.E. Wallace Sterling professor humanities, 1969-1979, J.E. Wallace Sterling professor humanities emeritus, 1979—2005.

      Professor history Free University Berlin, 1962—2005. Captain United States Marine Corps, 1944-1946.



    Party affiliation: Democrat


    Denomination: Presbyterian


    Honorary member Berlin History Commission, 1975-2005. Political analyst Office Strategic Services, Department State, Washington, 1941-1943. Public member Foreign Service Selection Board, 1948-1949.

    Consultant United States Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, 1964-1968. Advisory council United States Air Force Academy, 1968-1973. Advisory board United States Marine Corps History Section, Washington, 1972-1974.

    Fellow Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Bayerische Academy Schönen Künste, British Academy. Member American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society, American History Association (president 1983), International Committee History Sciences (1st vice president 1975-1985), Council of Scholars of Library. of Congress, Order pour le Merite fur Wissenschaften und Kunste (Germany), Phi Beta Kappa.


    • Married Phyllis Halcomb, June 16, 1939. Children: Susan, Deborah Gordon, Martha Jane, Charles Grant.
    • father: Frank Mansfield Craig
    • mother: Jane (Bissell) Craig
    • spouse: Phyllis Halcomb
    • children: Susan Craig
    • Deborah Gordon Craig
    • Martha Jane Craig
    • Charles Grant Craig
    Gordon Alexander Craig
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    Born November 26, 1913
    Died October 30, 2005
    (aged 91)
    • 1936
      Princeton University
    • 1939
      Princeton University
    • 1941
      Princeton University
    • 1970
      Princeton University
    • 1938
      Oxford University
    • 1983
      Free University Berlin
    • 1984
      Ball State University
    • 1988
      Wake Forest University
    • 1939 - 1941
      Instructor, history Yale University
      New Haven, Connecticut, United States
    • 1941 - 1961
      from instructor, to professor history Princeton University
      New Jersey, United States
    • 1961 - 2005
      professor, history Stanford University
      California, United States
    • 1962 - 2005
      professor, history Free University Berlin
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