Prof. Frank Byron Jevons
Professor of Philosophy| 1858 – 1936
We regret to record the death of Prof. F. B. Jevons, formerly professor of philosophy and a vice-chancellor of the University of Durham, which took place on February 29 at the age of seventy-seven years.Frank Byron Jevons, second son of John William Jevons of Doncaster, was born on September 9, 1858. He was a scholar of Wadham College, Oxford, taking first class honours in Classical Moderations and in Literse Humaniores. In 1882 he was appointed to the staff of the University of Durham, where he spent the whole of his academic career, being classical tutor in 1882-1910 and professor of philosophy in 1910-30. He held a number of high offices in the University, and was vice-chancellor in 1910-11.In his early work as a classical scholar, Jevons already showed, notably in “The Prehistoric Antiquities of the Aryan People”, in his edition of Plutarch’s “Roman Questions” and in his “Manual of Greek Antiquities”, that his bent lay not so much in the direction of pure scholarship as in the study of the development of the religious and philosophical conceptions of the peoples of antiquity.
Reproduced from (c) Nature Number 137 (18 April 1936)