Biography of Austin Gill
Austin Gill (1906-1990) was Marshall Professor of French at the University from 1966 to 1971.
Gill studied at the Universities of Manchester, Grenoble and Paris, and was a Faulkner Fellow (1930-1931) and a Langton Fellow (1931-1933) at Manchester. In 1933 he was appointed an assistant lecturer in French at the University of Edinburgh, and he was promoted to Lecturer the following year. In 1943 he went to North Africa as the British Council's Representative, and he was the Council's Acting Representative in France the following year.
From 1945 to 1966, Gill was Fellow and Tutor in Modern Languages at Magdalen College, Oxford with an interuption of four years (1950-1954) when he was Director of the British Institute in Paris. He was made a CBE in 1955.