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Professor John L Hendry

College position(s)

Life Fellow


Management Studies

Degrees, Awards and Prizes


Research themes

I started my academic career in the history and philosophy of physics, both quantum and classical. After a brief detour into the social history of medicine I moved first into the history of business and technology policy, then into the sociology of management and strategic change, and then into business and financial ethics. Since retiring I have kept on this last interest (there is a depressingly endless supply of ethical problems, especially in finance) and have also published popular works on reason and reasonableness and the art of managing. However, most of my research is now once again in history. I have a long-standing project on the roots of moral change in the Twentieth Century and a book in preparation on the history of religious belief, focusing mainly on the Nineteenth Century.


Now that I’m retired I no longer teach Cambridge students, but do bits and pieces of teaching elsewhere, mainly on ethical theory and applied ethics.


I joined Girton as a Professorial Fellow when I came (back) to Cambridge in 1990 to set up the MBA course and what is now the Cambridge Judge Business School. I have subsequently wandered off to do other jobs elsewhere, mainly running business schools, but Girton is irresistible: I keep coming back, have remained on the fellowship and contribute whatever I can whenever I can.

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