Anthony Low

Anthony Low
Born Donald Anthony Low
(1927-06-22)22 June 1927
British India
Died 12 February 2015(2015-02-12) (aged 87)
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Nationality Australian
Alma mater Oxford University
Known for Study of decolonization
Partner(s) Belle
Scientific career
Fields Historian (British Commonwealth)

Donald Anthony Low AO (22 June 1927 – 12 February 2015), known as Anthony Low or D. A. Low, was a historian of modern South Asia, Africa, the British Commonwealth, and, especially, decolonization. He was the Emeritus Smuts Professor of History of the British Commonwealth at the University of Cambridge, former Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University, Canberra, and President of Clare Hall, Cambridge.[1]


Low was born in 1927[2] and gained his doctorate from Oxford University.[3]

Career highlights

The academic positions which Professor Low has held include the following:[4]

  • Founding Dean of the School of African and Asian Studies, University of Sussex, 1968–1971
  • Dean, Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies (RSPAS), Australian National University, 1973–1974
  • Vice Chancellor, Australian National University, Canberra, 1975–1982
  • Smuts Professor of the History of the British Commonwealth, University of Cambridge, 1983–1994
  • President, Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, 1987–1994


Selected bibliography


  • Low, D.A. (1962). Political parties in Uganda 1949-62 (1st ed.). London: Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London, Athlone Press. 
  • Low, D.A. (editor) (1968). Soundings in modern South Asian history. California: University of California Press. 
  • Low, D.A. (1973). Lion rampant; essays in the study of British imperialism. London: Cass. ISBN 9780714629865. 
  • Low, D.A. (editor) (1988). The Indian National Congress: Centenary Hindsights. Delhi: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0195621425. 
  • Low, D.A. (1991). Eclipse of empire. Cambridge New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521457545. 
  • Low, D.A. (1996). The egalitarian moment: Asia and Africa, 1950-1980. Cambridge New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521567657. 
  • Low, D.A. (1997). Britain and Indian nationalism: the imprint of ambiguity, 1929-1942. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521892612. 
  • Low, D.A. (2006). Congress and the Raj: facets of the Indian struggle, 1917-47 (2nd ed.). New Delhi Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195683677. 
  • Low, D.A. (2009). Fabrication of empire : the British and the Uganda kingdoms, 1890-1902. Cambridge, UK New York: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521843515. 

Chapters in books

  • Low, D.A. (1988), "Congress and "mass contacts," 1936-1937: ideology, interests, and conflict over the basis of party representation", in Sisson, Richard; Wolpert, Stanley, Congress and Indian nationalism: the pre-independence phase, Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 134–158, ISBN 9780520060418 


  1. "Emeritus Professor Anthony Low AO". Academy of the social sciences in Australia | Fellowships. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  2. "Birthday's today". The Telegraph. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 21 June 2014. Prof D.A. Low, President of Clare Hall, Cambridge, 1987–94, 84
  3. "List of Honorary Fellows". Exeter College, Oxford. Retrieved 21 June 2014. Prof Anthony Low - DPhil Oxf, FAHA, FASSA
  4. 1 2 "Professor Donald Anthony Low Collection". National University of Singapore | NUS Libraries. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  5. "The Academy Fellows 'L'". The Australian Academy of the Humanities. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Robert Williams
Vice-Chancellor of the Australian National University
Succeeded by
Peter Karmel
Preceded by
Eric Thomas Stokes
Smuts Professor of Commonwealth History Cambridge University
Succeeded by
A.G. Hopkins
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