SHEFFIELD CLASSICAL ASSOCIATION
Sheffield Classical Association
Sir Arthur Wallace Pickard–Cambridge: Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield University and formidable scholar of Ancient Greek.
‘The new Vice-Chancellor swept in like a cold but bracing wind, and his coming marked the beginning of a new era in the life of the University.
ARTHUR WALLACE PICKARD-CAMBRIDGE (1873-1952), an outstanding classical scholar, was the son of a country rector who was also a noted naturalist and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He came to Sheffield from a brief tenure of the Chair of Greek at Ediburgh but nearly all his working life had been spent in Oxford. Entering Balliol College as an undergraduate towards the end of Benjamin Jowett’s Mastership, he took First Classes in both Classical Moderatiosn and in Literae Humaniores and immediately after graduation was elected to a fellowship at Oriel College. Two years later, in 1897, he was recalled to Balliol and, as fellow and tutor, served the College for more than thirty years, developing and exercising his remarkable talents both in scholarship and administration. ‘He was our housekeeper, our gardener, Dean of Examinations . . . and his sharply pointed pencil, whether it was correcting . . . or recording the College minutes, was symbolic of the penetration of his criticism and the accuracy of his mind.’ (a friend and colleague-the passage is taken from Arthur W. Chapman (1955) The Story of a Modern University: A History of the University of Sheffield).