Historian and author Alan Bullock is best known for his seminal book Hitler: A Study in Tyranny. Published in 1952, it was the first ever comprehensive study of Adolf Hitler, and has been described by The Times as ‘an astonishing achievement...unsurpassed in 40 years’.
Bullock was educated at Wadham College, Oxford, and in later years founded St. Catherine's College. As well as writing his own books, he chaired several influential enquiries, including the teaching of English (1972–74) and industrial democracy (1976). In his lifetime he was Chairman of the Tate Gallery, a trustee of The Observer, and vice-chancellor of Oxford University. He was made a life peer in 1976.