What does Margaret Byrne Professor mean?

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

"Henry W. Putnam Professor of Religion"
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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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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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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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Thank you. That is very illuminating. Gods' blessings.
 

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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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