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    What does Margaret Byrne Professor mean?

    A lot of historians and history professors have this title. I think it is an award or order, but I am not sure. I have also found professors in other domains have their names the same way. Any help?

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    Re: What does Margaret Byrne Professor mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eros123 View Post
    A lot of historians and history professors have this title. I think it is an award or order, but I am not sure. I have also found professors in other domains have their names the same way. Any help?
    I've never seen it written like that. Do you have some examples?

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    Re: What does Margaret Byrne Professor mean?

    I can't post link, but google thisL
    "He is the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History"

    "Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion"

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    Re: What does Margaret Byrne Professor mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eros123 View Post
    A lot of historians and history professors have this title. I think it is an award or order, but I am not sure. I have also found professors in other domains have their names the same way. Any help?
    Any help, please?

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    Re: What does Margaret Byrne Professor mean?

    Please, be a little patient.

    I'm not exactly sure what this means, but I've seen it before. This [name] professor of discipline X title is not limited to history professors.

    Paula S. Fass is Margaret Byrne Professor of History at the University of California at Berkeley. She is a renown teacher and widely influential historian whose most recent book, Inheriting the Holocaust (2009) is a memoir about her family and her experiences as a child of Holocaust survivors.
    (Paula S. Fass | Department of History, UC Berkeley)

    Richard White, the Margaret Byrne Professor of American History, is widely regarded as one of the nation’s leading scholars in three related fields: the American West, Native American history and environmental history.
    (Richard White | The Bill Lane Center for the American West)

    Here's another example:

    Robert J. Shiller is Arthur M. Okun Professor of Economics at Yale University and a Fellow at the International Center for Finance at the Yale School of Management.
    (Open Yale Courses | Financial Markets (2011))

    Before serving on the C.E.A., he was a professor at Yale University, and afterwards was a fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.
    (Arthur Melvin Okun - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

    My guess is that Margaret Byrne was a professor of history as well and the the two aforementioned people hold the same position that she once held.
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    Re: What does Margaret Byrne Professor mean?

    People who give significant gifts to universities are said to give an "endowment." In some cases, they endow funds to support a certain academic in a chosen field. They name the "chair" or "professorship" after the person who gave the endowment (or the name that person chooses.)

    So, if I gave a bunch of money to a college to fund a professorship in English or Engineering, then a position of "SoothingDave Professor" would be created. As a person was chosen to fill the position, he would be the SoothingDave Professor."

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    Re: What does Margaret Byrne Professor mean?

    Thank you. That is very illuminating. Gods' blessings.

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    Re: What does Margaret Byrne Professor mean?

    And there should be a comma before 'professor' if the person named is just a professor. If there is no comma, it's what is known as 'a named chair' or (to use SD's word) 'an endowed chair'.

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    Last edited by BobK; 22-Feb-2013 at 13:02. Reason: Clarify

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