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Frank Cyril James

university president , historian , economist

Frank Cyril James, British university president, economist, historian. Decorated Chevalier de la Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur’Honneur. Fellow Royal Economics Society (London). Royal Society (Canada).; Member several professional associations.


James, Frank Cyril was born on October 8, 1903 in London, England. Son of Frank and Mary Lucy (Brown) James.


Student Grocers’ Company’s School, London, 1910-1920. B. Commerce, London School of Economics, 1923. Master of Arts, University of PA., 1924, Doctor of Philosophy., 1926.

Honorary Doctor of Civil Law, Bishops, U. Kansas City. Doctor of Laws, University British Columbia, 1956, Princeton, Queens U., Syracuse University, Ursinus College, Cambridge University, Glasgow 1953, Rochester, 1954. Toronto U.; New York University.

University of Saskatchewan, University of Manitoba, University of London, University of Punjab, Lahore, McMaster University, University of N.B., Northwestern University, 1958, University of Alberta, 1958, U. Ottawa, 1959. Doctor of Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland, 1961, Clarkson College, U. Punjab (Pakistan), 1962. Doctor of Science in economics, Laval U., University of Pennsylvania (honorary).

1957; Docteur de l’Universite de Montreal.


Clerk in Barclay’s Bank, London, 1921-1923. Instructor in finance and translations, University of Pennsylvania, 1924-1927, assistant professor of finance, 1927-1933, associate professor, 1933-1935, professor, 1935-1939, chairman graduate faculty in social science, 1936-1937, professor of finance and economic history, 1938-1939. Professor of political economy, McGill University, 1939-1963, director School of Commerce, September-December 1939, principal and vice-chancellor 1939-1963, principal emeritus, 1963-1972.

Vice chairman Commission Economics Development Quebec, 1960-1964. President International Association Universities, 1960-1966. Chairman Executive Committee Oxford Committee Famine Relief, England Has served in a variety of positions in business, primarily in economics field.

Has been advisory to numerous organizations and societies.


  • Author several books, since 1926. Including: The Economic Doctrines of John Maynard Keynes (with others), 1938. Economic Problems in a Changing World (with others), 1939.

    On Understanding Russia, 1960. The Growth of Chicago Banks, 1969.


Fellow Royal Economics Society (London). Royal Society (Canada). Member several professional associations.

Clubs: Atheneum (London).


Married Irene L.V. Leeper, August 19, 1926.

Frank James

Mary Lucy (Brown) James

Irene L.V. Leeper