Oxford Anecdotes: The First & Last Time I Met Geoffrey ‘The Genius’

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This is JD Morgan’s personal tribute to an ‘old school’ academic from a bygone era whom he considered his tutor, mentor and, after graduation, confidante and close friend.  A specialist in Turkish and other Middle Eastern languages, Professor Geoffrey Lewis (1920 -2008) was one of the greatest grammarians and translators in Oriental Studies that Oxford University has ever produced. (2,800 words)

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I was first introduced to Dr. Geoffrey Lewis in April 1986 at the Turkish Embassy in Belgrave Square. I had hurried down on the then non-stop train from York and was rather flustered by the hastiness of what had already happened to me that day. I had just finished a night shift and gone to bed exhausted when I was startled by the sound of a burly Yorkshire policeman rapping on my front door. When I answered wearily, his directive, he said, was to relay a message to me that had been received at his local station from a frantic lady (my mother, it turned out) – living hundreds of miles away – to tell me that I had been called to interview at the Embassy to try to procure a small bursary which would, in fact, then give me the chance to study in Istanbul throughout that coming summer. However, the catch was, as that kindly sergeant explained – I had to be in London by two o’clock that very same afternoon – without fail!

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