John Willis Clark

Cambridge University Press Robert Willis (engineer) Fitzwilliam Museum
John Willis Clark, ca. 1880, photographed by A. G. Dew-Smith

John Willis Clark (1833 – 1910), sometimes J. W. Clark, was an English academic and antiquarian.

Academic career

Clark was born into a Cambridge University academic family, and was a nephew of Prof. Robert Willis. Educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, he spent his life at the university, serving as Fellow of Trinity, Superintendent of the Cambridge University Museum of Zoology from 1866-1892, and Registrary of the University.[1] He was also Secretary of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society.

He received the honorary degree Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) from the University of Oxford in October 1902, in connection with the tercentenary of the Bodleian Library.[2]

Clark died in 1910, and is buried in the Mill Road cemetery, Cambridge.

His son was Sir William Henry Clark.


"Cambridge Registrary". Caricature by Spy published in Vanity Fair in 1894.

Contributions to the DNB

Works about Clark


  1. ^ "Clark, John Willis (CLRK851JW)". A Cambridge Alumni Database. University of Cambridge.
  2. ^ "University intelligence". The Times (36893). London. 8 October 1902. p. 4.
  3. ^ "Review of The Life and Letters of Adam Sedgwick by J. Willis Clark and T. McKenny Hughes". The Quarterly Review. 172: 96–112. January 1891.
  4. ^ "Review of The Care of Books, An Essay on the Development of Libraries and their Fittings by John Willis Clark ..." The Quarterly Review. 195: 450–465. April 1902.