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History educator

John Frederic Benton, American history educator. Guggenheim fellow, 1963-1964; MacArthur prize fellow, 1985-1988.


Benton, John Frederic was born on July 15, 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. Son of Frederic Elmon and Anna Josephine (Moffett) Benton.


AB, Haverford College, 1953. Master of Arts, Princeton University, 1955. Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1959.


Fulbright fellow, U. Dijon, 1956-1957;Instructor, Reed College, 1957-1959;Instructor, University of Pennsylvania, 1959-1960;assistant professor, University of Pennsylvania, 1960-1965;assistant professor, California Institute Technology, Pasadena, 1965-1966;associate professor, California Institute Technology, 1966-1970;professor of history, California Institute Technology, 1970-1987;Doris and Henry Dreyfuss professor, California Institute Technology, 1987-1988;Executive officer for humanities, California Institute Technology, 1981-1983;Fulbright professor, U. Reims (France), 1972;research associate, Medieval and Renaissance Center, University of California at Los Angeles, 1977-1988;professor of history graduate Department, University Southern California, Los Angeles, 1973-1974.



President Westside Community Council, Philadelphia, 1960-1961. Member Pasadena Commission on Human Need and Opportunity, 1969-1970. Board directors Pasadena Minority History Foundation, 1986-1988.

Fellow Medieval Academy American (councillor 1969-1972), American History Association (councillor 1986-1988), Medieval Association of Pacific (vice president 1980-1982, president 1982-1984), International Courtly Literature Society (honorary president).


Married Elspeth Baillie Hughes, December 31, 1953. Children: Helen Benton Metzler, Josephine Benton Soliz, Anna G. Benton Williams, Laura E.

Frederic Elmon Benton

Anna Josephine (Moffett) Benton

Elspeth Baillie Hughes

Helen Benton Metzler Benton

Josephine Benton Soliz Benton

Anna G. Benton Williams Benton

Laura E. Benton