David Paterson CBE

David Paterson was born June 10 1922 and was founding President of the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies at Yarnton, Oxford. As creator of one of the most prominent research institutes for Jewish Studies outside Israel he played a key role in the emergence of Jewish Studies as an autonomous academic discipline.

David's scholarly activities were devoted to analysing the foundation of modern Hebrew literature in nineteenth-century Russia and its development in Palestine and the State of Israel. He leaves an oeuvre of eight monographs, many volumes of translation and over a hundred articles.

He died in Oxford on 10 December 2005, aged 83.