Ernest Fraser Jacob (12 September 1894 – 7 October 1971) was a British medievalist and scholar who was President of the Chetham Society, Lancashire Parish Register Society and Ecclesiastical History Society.


He was educated at Twyford School,
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, and then for a period at New College, Oxford - broken by service in World War I. He won a fellowship to
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, and taught there and at Christ Church where his pupils included A. L. Rowse.


He was then Professor of History at Manchester University from 1929 to 1944 before returning to
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as Chichele Professor of Modern History at All Souls from 1950 until 1961. He was an able academic politician, and is said to have recruited Sir Lewis Namier to
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by reading in his newspaper that Namier had no position, making a phone-call to invite him to take a chair, and only then walking over to tell the Vice-Chancellor of the recruitment. Jacob was a Member of the Chetham Society, serving as a Member of Council from 1931 and as President from 1938 until 1971. He was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries,
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and British Academy and also President of the Ecclesiastical History Society (1965–66).Past Presidents - Ecclesiastical History Society


Jacob is remembered as the link between the old school of 'structuralist' medievalists, including distinguished names such as
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, T. F. Tout and F. W. Maitland, and the subsequent school of more socio-political medieval historiography, to which J. S. Roskell, K.B. McFarlane and C. A. J. Armstrong belonged. His professorships at Manchester and Oxford did much to make the two schools England's academic centres for medieval studies.


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Chetham Society
{{DEFAULTSORT:Jacob, E. F. 1894 births 1971 deaths People educated at Winchester College Academics of the Victoria University of Manchester Alumni of New College, Oxford Fellows of All Souls College, Oxford British medievalists People educated at Twyford School Chichele Professors of Modern History 20th-century British historians Presidents of the Ecclesiastical History Society Chetham Society Lancashire Parish Register Society