Eric Grove

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Eric Grove
Eric Grove

OccupationNaval historian and professor.

Eric Grove (born 1948) is a British naval historian and defence analyst.[1]


Grove was born in Bolton, Lancashire in 1948. He took an MA in War Studies at King's College London in 1971 and was appointed that year as a civilian lecturer at the Britannia Royal Naval College Dartmouth.[2] During the 1970s he wrote books on tanks and armoured warfare.[citation needed] In 1980 and 1981 Grove was the first Dartmouth academic to exchange for a year with the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis.[citation needed]

Leaving Dartmouth as Deputy Head of Strategic Studies and International Affairs at the end of 1984 Grove worked briefly for the Council for Arms Control before becoming a freelance academic and defence consultant.[citation needed] His principal work was with the Foundation for International Security's Common Security Programme followed by its project on Maritime Power and European Security which involved the creation of a back channel, later official, dialogue between the Soviet, US and Royal Navies.[citation needed] He also taught at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich and the University of Cambridge.[3]

In 1993 Grove accepted a position with the Department of Politics at the University of Hull and its Centre for Security Studies. He obtained a PhD on the basis of his published works in 1996. He eventually left in 2005 as Reader in Politics and International Studies and Director of the Centre, having founded a new undergraduate course in War and Security Studies.[citation needed] During this time he also acted as consultant and co author for the first edition of the Royal Navy's The Fundamentals of British Maritime Doctrine (BR1806). He was also involved in the first iteration of British Defence Doctrine.[citation needed] In 1997 Dr Grove was a visiting fellow at the Centre for Maritime Policy at the University of Wollongong, New South Wales.[citation needed]

In 2005 Grove moved to the University of Salford where he was Professor of Naval History and Director of the Centre for International Security and War Studies.[4] In 2013-15 he was Professor of Naval History and Senior Fellow in the Centre for Applied Research in Security Innovation at Hope University in Liverpool.

His works include Vanguard to Trident: British Naval Policy Since 1945 (1987), The Future of Sea Power (1990), The Price of Disobedience (2000) and The Royal Navy Since 1815 (2005). He also edited a new edition of Sir Julian Corbett's Some Principles of Maritime Strategy in 1988.[citation needed]

Grove has made contributions to many television programmes including BBC2's Timewatch series, Deep Wreck Mysteries, Channel 4's Hunt for the Hood and the Bismarck and the series The Battleships and the Airships.[5]

Grove is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, a Vice President of the Society for Nautical Research and a Member of Council of the Navy Records Society (for which he edited the Naval Staff History, The Defeat of the Enemy Attack Upon Shipping, published in 1997).[4]

Professor Grove has been contributing to Britain at War magazine since 2015.

He was first married to Elizabeth Stocks in 1973. The marriage was dissolved in 2005 in which year Grove married opera singer Sarian Grevelle. She died in 2016.[6] In 2017 he married Swee Poh Kanagasabay.


  1. ^ "Staff profile, University of Salford". Archived from the original on 30 May 2010. Retrieved 6 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Eric Grove". IISS. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Eric Grove". IISS. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  4. ^ a b The Nelson Legacy Conference Series - 2007 speaker - Professor Eric Grove[dead link]
  5. ^ "Eric Grove". IMDb. Retrieved 9 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Sarian Grevelle Forum - Sarian Grevelle's death". Retrieved 9 November 2018.

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