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Faculty of Philosophy


Photo of Hugh Mellor

Photograph taken 21 September 2015 at STIAS - - Stellenbosch, South Africa (c) Anton Jordan 2015; Email: pacj at



Professor Mellor studied Chemical Engineering at Pembroke College Cambridge, graduating in 1960, and at the University of Minnesota, taking an M.Sc. in 1962, with a Minor in Philosophy supervised by Herbert Feigl. After working in ICI for a year, he returned to Pembroke to do a Ph.D. on the nature of chance, supervised by Mary Hesse, and awarded in 1968. He was awarded the Sc.D. in 1990 and an Honorary Ph.D. from Lund University in 1997.

He was a Fellow of the British Academy from 1983 to 2008, President of the British Society for the Philosophy of Science from 1985 to 1987, President of the Aristotelian Society from 1992 to 1993, and Chairman of the Analysis Trust from 2000 to 2008. He became an Honorary Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities in 2003.

He was a Fellow of Pembroke College Cambridge from 1964 to 1970 and a Fellow of Darwin College from 1971 to 2005. He became a University Assistant Lecturer in Philosophy in 1965, a Lecturer in 1970, a Reader in Metaphysics in 1983 and the Professor of Philosophy from 1986 to 1999. He was a Pro-Vice-Chancellor from 2000 to 2001.


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