them, and in an after-dinner speech made only a couple of hours after first seeing the material, he gave a critical review of each paper. The fact that diners cheered loudly spoke volumes about his popularity.
He left Cambridge to become provost of University College, London, where he was both popular and successful. Under James the college grew in size and stature. He got to know professors personally and brought many new scholars into their ranks. He eventually retired at the end of a brilliant career and became a research assistant at University College, Nancy sharing an office with him.
James was much honored throughout the world. He had some 24 honorary degrees, and his many publications were collected and published by Oxford University Press. He was knighted by the Queen and appointed to the best British and foreign academies. James was survived by his widow, Nancy, and their five children, but Nancy died in 2010.
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