Laurence Martin

Newcastle University Christ's College, Cambridge Michael Howard (historian)

Sir Laurence Woodward Martin DL (born 30 July 1928) is a former Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University.


Educated at St Austell Grammar School, Christ's College, Cambridge and Yale University, Martin joined the Royal Air Force as a Flying Officer in 1948.[1] He became Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Wales in 1966.[2]

He was appointed Professor of War Studies at King's College, London in 1968, Vice-Chancellor of Newcastle University in 1978 and Director of the Royal Institute of International Affairs in 1991.[1] In 1981 he gave the Reith Lectures on the theme The Two-Edged Sword.[2] He was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear in 1987.[2]