Simon Schama
#5512 Overall Influence

Simon Schama

British historian


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Sir Simon Michael Schama was born in Marylebone, London in 1945. He is best known as the host of a BBC series titled, A History of Britain, which aired from 2000 to 2002. He is a prolific author of nearly 20 books and is currently a Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University.

As a youth, he won admission to the exclusive Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School. He first studied history at Christ’s College in Cambridge, eventually graduating from the University of Cambridge. He has been the recipient of numerous awards for his work, the first being the 1977 Wolfson History Prize, which he was awarded for his book Patriots and Liberators. He was most recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, an honor bestowed on luminaries such as J.R.R. Tolkein, George Bernard Shaw, and Margaret Atwood.

His BBC series, The Story of the Jews, was widely acclaimed and represented the culmination of his research into 4,000 years of Jewish history. Sir Schama’s skill for storytelling has allowed him to take complex histories and bring them to life through the eyes of the people who lived them.

Sir Schama’s body of work has shed light on historical topics as diverse as Dutch history and the interplay between the environment and folk traditions, and through his work with the BBC, he has brought to life forgotten histories for new generations. His 2003 contract with BBC and Harper Collins, for which he would write three books with accompanying television series, yielded the most lucrative deal for any historian—a true testament to the depth of his knowledge. In further recognition, he was knighted by the Queen in 2018.

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Sir Simon Michael Schama is an English historian specialising in art history, Dutch history, Jewish history and French history. He is a University Professor of History and Art History at Columbia University, New York.

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Harvard University
Harvard University

Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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Columbia University
Columbia University

Private Ivy League research university in New York City

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University of Oxford
University of Oxford

Collegiate research university in Oxford, England

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