Biography of John P Collas
John Collas was a Lecturer of French at the University of Glasgow from 1937 until 1942. He was a renowned Anglo-Norman scholar and leading philologist.
Born in 1911, in Guernsey, Collas graduated BA from Jesus College, Oxford, in 1932, and BLitt in Norman-French in 1934. He was appointed lecturer at Manchester University in 1936, before being appointed Lecturer of French at the University of Glasgow in October 1937. After leaving the University in 1942, Collas continued to maintain research correspondence with Glasgow academics, an example of which is held in Lionel Stones' papers, Professor of Medieval History (1956-77).
In 1947, Collas was appointed Lecturer of French at Queen Mary College, London, where he subsequently became professor and head of department, and remained there until his retirement in 1976.
Collas died in 1984, at the age of 73, in Dorset. In his obituary, he was described as being "the principal Anglo-Norman scholar of the day" and "one of the leading philologists of his generation".