Professor Glyn (Glyndwr) Williams

Emeritus Professor of History

My interest in imperial and world history began as an undergraduate at the L.S.E. and as a postgraduate student at King’s College, London.  On appointment to Queen Mary I specialised in imperial and maritime history.  Research in those subjects enabled me to travel extensively. I held visiting appointments at eight overseas universities before retiring in 1997 as Emeritus Professor

Research 

My research interests encompass the activities of Europeans in two very different parts of the world – the Pacific and the sub-Arctic. I was fortunate to be able to travel in both regions, working in local archives and meeting local specialists.  My early research was on the eighteenth-century explorers in those regions, and I became especially interested in the oceanic voyages of Captain Cook and his contemporaries, and the land explorations of Canadian fur-traders.  More recently, my interest has shifted to the scientific aspect of the discovery voyages, and my latest book covers the seaborne experiences of naturalists in the long eighteenth century.

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Appearances in the media

Appearances on BBC Radio 4 on various programmes on explorers and exploration.  Historical consultant for the BBC 2 television series The Ship: Retracing Cook’s Endeavour Voyage (2002).