Isaiah Berlin and Wolfson College, Oxford

An aerial view of Wolfson College
The Founding President, 1966-1975

In 1965 Berlin was invited to become President of Iffley College, one of two new Colleges created by the University of Oxford in response to the increasing needs of graduate studies and scientific research. Oxford needed to embrace the new, and move beyond its traditional strengths, and Berlin accepted the headship of Iffley College only so long as he could find funds that would turn this small institution into something really big. Out of this ambition Wolfson College, Oxford's largest graduate college, was born, and Berlin devoted a decade of his life to the project, disproving the notion that he was 'a talker and not a doer'. Find out more.

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The official Wolfson College website can be accessed here.