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Yule, George Udny

  • GB-1859-SJAC-PN15
  • Person
  • 18 Feb 1871 to 26 Jun 1951

George Udny Yule was born on the 18th February 1871, to George Udny Yule and Henrietta Peach Pemberton. Though born in Scotland, Yule’s parents moved to London when he was four, and it was there he grew up. Yule boasted an impressive military family history, and so his father wished him to become a solider. Yule, however, disagreed. He was educated at Winchester College School, which he left at sixteen to study engineering at University College, London. Yule worked various appointments in London, but the most important was that of Newmarch Lecturer in Statistics. These lectures produced a book published in 1911: An Introduction to the Theory of Statistics, a landmark text translated into many languages and reproduced in many editions.
Yule finally arrived at Cambridge as University Lecturer in Statistics in 1912—matriculated in 1913— but went on to lecture in a number of faculties. He was a Fellow of the College from 1922-1951, a member of the College Council, and a Director of Studies in Natural Sciences.
When Yule gave up his teaching post, he began devoting his time to reading. Studying the statistical similarities of vocabulary between texts led him to write Statistics of Literary Vocabulary. Yule read widely across genres and donated many books to the College, not just printed editions but four manuscript copies of De Imitatione Christi and various tracts on agriculture.
Yule died on the 26th June 1951.

Obituary in the Eagle: Vol. 55, Easter 1952, p. 89.
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Worsley, Miles

  • GB-1859-SJCA-PN74
  • Person
  • active 1502-1509

Cofferer to Lady Margaret Beaufort, also named as treasurer of the chamber from 1506.

Wordie, James

  • GB-1859-SJCA-PN35
  • Person
  • 1889-1962

James Mann Wordie was born on the 26th April 1889, the son of John Wordie and Catherine Mann. He came up to St John’s in 1910 after taking his degree at the University of Glasgow, to study Natural Sciences.
During the First World War, Wordie joined the Royal Artillery and served in France. Upon returning to Cambridge, he was elected a Fellow of the college in 1921, and became a Tutor in 1923. In the same year, he also started a tenure as Junior Proctor of the University. Then, in 1933, Wordie was appointed Senior Tutor, before becoming President in 1950 and, finally, Master of the College in 1952.
Outside of his services for St John’s College, Wordie was a keen enthusiast of Polar exploration. In 1914, he was a geologist and chief of scientific staff on the Endurance expedition: Sir Ernest Shackleton’s attempt to make the first land crossing of Antarctica. The party’s boat became stranded in ice, and Wordie was marooned for some months on Elephant Island. However, this experience did not dent his enthusiasm, and Wordie remained involved in Polar exploration for the rest of his life. He was Chairman of the Scott Polar Institute in Cambridge and president of the Royal Geographic Society. Wordie’s work afforded him many honours, including the Founders’ gold medal of the Royal Geographical Society, the Daly medal of the American Geographical Society, and, in 1957, a knighthood.
In 1923, Wordie married Gertrude Henderson; together they had two daughters and three sons; all of their sons also attended St John’s College. Sir James Wordie died on the 16th January 1962, but his name lives on in the Wordie glacier in Greenland and the Wordie Crag in Spitzbergen; both are named for him.

Obituary in The Eagle: Vol. 59, Easter 1962, p. 317.
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Woodhull, Fulk

  • GB-1859-SJCA-PN105
  • Person
  • c.1459-1508

Fulk Woodhull, of Warkworth, Northamptonshire, was the eldest son of John Wodhull and Joan (Jean) Etwell. He was married first to Anne Newnham, with whom he had three children, and second, to Elizabeth Webb. He served as Sheriff of Northamptonshire from around 1500 and died in 1508.

Wood, James

  • GB-1859-SJCA-PN20
  • Person
  • 1760-1839

James Wood was born on the 14th December 1760 in Holcombe, the son of James Wood of Tottingham. He was admitted to St John’s in 1778, and graduated as Senior Wrangler in 1782. He was subsequently appointed Fellow (in 1782) and Tutor (in 1789) at the college, and served as President from 1802 to 1815. He was Master of the college from 1815 to 1839.
Wood was ordained as a deacon at Peterborough in 1785, and as a priest in 1787. He served as the Dean of Ely from 1820 until his death.
Wood was also a generous benefactor of St John’s College. He gave money to the College to found scholarships, and upon his death on the 23rd of April 1839, left the College £20,000 which contributed to the building fund for the new Chapel, where he is now buried.

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