Plumb, Sir John Harold, 1911–2001, British historian. Educated at the universities of Leicester (B.A., 1933) and Cambridge (Ph.D., 1936), he remained at Cambridge as a research fellow from 1938 and as a fellow and member of the university faculty from 1946. He was professor of modern English history (1966–74) and Master of Christ College (1978–82). Among his most important works are England in the Eighteenth Century (1950), The First Four Georges (1956), and biographies of the earl of Chatham (1953, 2d ed. 1965) and Sir Robert Walpole (2 vol., 1956–60). His other works include a study of Elizabeth II (1980) and two volumes of essays (1988, 1989).
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