British historian and politicianwd:Q1282706
country of citizenship:
United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
language of expression: English
educated at: Magdalen College, University of Paris
occupation: historian, biographer
award received: James Tait Black Memorial Prize, Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature
Jasper Ridley (25 May 1920 – 1 July 2004) was a British writer, known for historical biographies. He received the 1970 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for his biography Lord Palmerston.
Born in West Hoathly, Sussex, he was educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, and the Sorbonne. He trained and practised as a barrister, being called to the Bar by Inner Temple in 1945, before starting to write. During World War II, he served with an air defence unit and manned an anti-aircraft battery at Portsmouth, where the man next to him was killed by shrapnel. He served on St Pancras Borough Council from 1945 to 1949, and stood, unsuccessfully, as Labour Party candidate for Winchester in 1955 general election.
He married, in 1949, Vera Pollak, who died in 2002 and with whom he had two sons and a daughter.
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