Lawrence of Arabia
T.E. Lawrence ('Lawrence
of Arabia'; Jesus, 1907), although born in Caernarfonshire, and holder
of a Welsh Exhibition at Jesus, was also the product of an austere Oxford
upbringing. His first-class degree in history followed tuition by the
medievalist R.L. Poole and a thousand-mile trek through Syria and Lebanon
to compare Crusader-built castles with their French equivalents. A self-taught
archaeologist from boyhood, he began his graduate career as an assistant
to Sir Leonard Woolley, leader of the British Museum expedition to Carchemish.
Other, academic historians tutored by Poole at Jesus included Professors
A.F. Pollard (1869-1948) and J.D. Mackie (1887-1978).