What is a Professor?

The origins of the term 'professor' and what it denotes

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Jocelyn Bell-Burnell, Stephen Hawking, Richard Dawkins, Mary Beard and Mona Siddiqi
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History of Professorship

How professorship came about

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How has professorship evolved over the centuries?

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About this website

If you’re interested in university professors, this website tells you what the term means, where it originated from, and who were some of the first professors. It is the result of a scoping study of the origins and history of professors and professorship in the UK, carried out by Professor Linda Evans, and funded by the Society for Research into Higher Education.

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