Maurice Shock

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The Maurice Shock Medical Sciences Building at the University of Leicester, named after Shock

Sir Maurice Shock (15 April 1926 – 7 July 2018) was a British university administrator and educationalist.

Shock was educated at King Edward VI Aston in Birmingham and later read philosophy, politics and economics (PPE) at Balliol College, Oxford, where he obtained a first-class degree.[1]

During his early career, Shock worked for British intelligence. After graduating he had a period of research at St Antony’s College, Oxford and temporary posts at Christ Church, Oxford and at Trinity College, Oxford. He was one of the team of assistants to Sir Winston Churchill in the writing of his histories. [1] He was the Politics Fellow (1956–77) and Estates Bursar (1958–73) of University College, Oxford, and was later made an Honorary Fellow of the college in 1985.[2]

His academic publications include The Liberal Tradition: From Fox to Keynes (co-edited with Alan Bullock, 1967)[3] and related works.[4]

Shock served as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester from 1977 to 1987, and was chairman of the Committee of Vice-Chancellors and Principals for two years. He then became Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford until retiring in 1994. He was a member of the UK General Medical Council from 1989 to 1999.[5] The Maurice Shock Building for Medical Sciences at the University of Leicester is named after him.[6]

He died on 7 July 2018, aged 92.[7][8][9]


  1. ^ a b "RIP Sir Maurice Shock". UK: University College, Oxford. July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  2. ^ "Honorary Fellows". University College Record. UK: University College, Oxford. October 2010. p. 14.
  3. ^ Bullock, Alan; Shock, Maurice, eds. (1967). The Liberal Tradition: From Fox to Keynes. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  4. ^ Shock, Maurice (1957). "Gladstone's Invasion of Egypt, 1882". History Today. 7 (6). pp. 351–357.
  5. ^ Health as foreign policy Archived 27 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine, The Ditchley Foundation, 2002.
  6. ^ Maurice Shock Building (MSB) — University of Leicester, Flickr.
  7. ^ "Obituary: Oxford University leader Sir Maurice Shock". UK: Oxford Mail. 26 July 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  8. ^ "Sir Maurice Shock LLD (1926–2018)". UK: University of Leicester. 9 July 2018. Retrieved 20 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Former chief raised prestige of university and the city", Staff Reporter, Leicester Mercury, 12 July 2018

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Sir Fraser Noble
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester
Succeeded by
Dr Kenneth Edwards
Preceded by
Vivian H. H. Green
Rector of Lincoln College, Oxford
Succeeded by
Sir Eric Anderson