John Boys Smith

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John Sandwith Boys Smith (b Hordle 8 January 1901; d Herne Hill 3 November 1991) was a 20th-century British priest and academic.[1]

Boys Smith was educated at Sherborne School[2] and St John's College, Cambridge. He was ordained in 1927.[3] After a curacy in Sutton Coldfield he returned to St John's where he was to stay until his retirement in 1969. He was its Chaplain from 1927 to 1934; a Fellow from 1927 until 1959; Tutor from 1934 to 1939; Junior Bursar from 1939 to 1944; ; Senior Bursar from 1944 to 1959; and Master from 1959[4] to 1969. He was Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge from 1963 to 1965.[5]


  1. ^ NPG
  2. ^ "Smith, John Sandwith Boys". Who's Who. 1920–2016 (July2018 online ed.). A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc. Retrieved 25 July 2018. (subscription or UK public library membership required)
  3. ^ Crockford's Clerical Directory 1929–30 p1157: London: University Press, 1929
  4. ^ Master Of St. John's College, Cambridge. The Times (London, England), Monday, Nov 02, 1959; pg. 12; Issue 54607
  5. ^ University web-site
Academic offices
Preceded by
James Mann Wordie
Master of St John's College, Cambridge
Succeeded by
Philip Nicholas Seton Mansergh
Preceded by
Ivor Jennings
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge
Succeeded by
Arthur Armitage