Distinguished University Professor and Andreas Dorpalen Professor of European History, Ohio State University
Carnegie Centenary Professor 2016, University of St Andrews
Geoffrey Parker is one of the great living scholars in the Humanities and a towering figure in early modern European history, with a special interest in military history and its implications for international relations.
His first job on leaving Cambridge was at St Andrews, where he stayed for a number of years before he was head-hunted to be Charles E. Nowell Distinguished Professor of History, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; he then moved to the chair of military history at Yale. Along the way, he became a fellow of the British Academy, at the exceptionally young age of 40, and has gone on to pick up multiple awards and recognitions, including fellowships of highly selective national academies across continental Europe.
Perhaps the most impressive recognition was the biennial Heineken Foundation Prize for History in 2012, this prestigious award the closest that a historian can get to a Nobel Prize. His academic esteem is matched by the wider notice that his work has attracted. He writes highly readable prose for educated general audiences and his books attract consistently favourable, sometimes incandescent praise from reviewers inside and outside academe, including his recent magisterial survey of climate change and global history.