Richard Cooper (academic)

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Richard Anthony Cooper
EducationNew College, Oxford
OccupationMaster of St Benet's Hall, Oxford
Spouse(s)Emanuela Tandello [1]
Children2 sons

Professor Richard Anthony Cooper (born 1947), Master of St Benet's Hall, Oxford, since September 2018,[1][2] is Emeritus Professor of French in the Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages at Oxford University.[3]

Cooper is also an Emeritus Fellow of Brasenose College, Oxford[4] and former Chairman of the Faculty Board of Modern Languages of the University of Oxford.[5]


Educated at Manchester Grammar School, where Dr Donald Adamson introduced him to foreign languages, Cooper went up to read French and Italian at New College, Oxford.

Cooper taught French at the University of Lancaster from 1971, before returning to Oxford in 1977 as a tutor in French at Brasenose College, before being appointed Reader in 1996 and subsequently Professor in 1998.[4] He is a member of the Académie des Sciences, Belles Lettres et Arts and of the Institut des Sciences de l'Homme, Lyon.[4]

Professor Cooper was selected as a torchbearer for the 2012 Summer Olympics Torch Relay, reflecting his 40 years of service to sport at the Oxford University, including 15 years as Chairman of the University Sports Committee.[6]


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Appointed Officier dans l'ordre des Palmes Académiques in 1996 (promoted Commandeur in 2012),[7] Cooper also became Commendatore dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana in 2003[4].

Selected publications[edit]

  • Rabelais et l'Italie (1991)
  • Litteræ in tempore belli: Études sur les relations littéraires italo-françaises pendant les guerres d'Italie (1997)
  • Maurice Scève: The Entry of Henri II into Lyon, September 1548, text with an introduction and notes (1997)
  • Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel, trans. Sir Thomas Urquhart (1999)
  • Contributor: Jean du Bellay, Poemata, with G. Demerson (2007)
  • Chrétiens et mondains, poèmes épars: vol. 8 of Œuvres complètes de Marguerite de Navarre (2007).


  1. ^ a b "New Master for St Benet's Hall". Retrieved 27 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Professor Richard Cooper – Elected as Acting Master of St Benet's Hall". News. Brasenose College, Oxford. Retrieved 2018-09-06.
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  4. ^ a b c d "Prof Richard Cooper". Debrett's People of Today. Retrieved 2013-07-03.
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  6. ^ Ffrench, Andrew; Damian Fantato (6 July 2012). "Celebrity chef and don to run". Oxford Mail. pp. 8–9. Retrieved 2013-07-03.
  7. ^ "Awards: Professor Richard Cooper" (PDF). Brazen Notes (Michaelmas Term). 2012. Retrieved 2013-07-03.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Werner Jeanrond
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Master of St Benet's Hall, Oxford

Succeeded by
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