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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 150 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VI$
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P. J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264232

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264232.001.0001

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Benjamin John Pimlott 1945–2004

Benjamin John Pimlott 1945–2004

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Proceedings of the British Academy, Volume 150 Biographical Memoirs of Fellows, VI

Peter Hennessy

British Academy

Ben Pimlott's writings provided one of the most significant scholarly spinal cords of post-war contemporary British history from Attlee to Blair. The politics of the centre Left were central to his scholarship, his personal convictions, and his renown as a public intellectual. Yet Pimlott was never tainted by dogma or ideology, and respect for him and his works straddled the political divides. Very tall, arresting, quietly spoken, courteous, attractive to women, and intellectually fastidious, he dominated – but never domineered – his special scholarly patch and, in the 1980s and 1990s, raised the art of political biography to new heights.

Keywords:   historian, British history, biography, obituary

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