WRL - Lee, Professor W. R. - 1963-2012
Includes research papers, correspondence, and papers relating to the various departments Lee was part of at the University of Liverpool.
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|Summary:||Includes research papers, correspondence, and papers relating to the various departments Lee was part of at the University of Liverpool.|
|Access Conditions:||Access is open to bona fide researchers, though Some of this material is closed access.|
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William Robert Lee, often referred to as Robert or Bob, was born on 4 February 1946. He was educated at Bidston Avenue Primary School and Birkenhead School, before studying History at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. He graduated in 1967 and in 1968 was a Senior Scholar at the college. His DPhil was awarded in 1972 on 'Some Economic Aspects of Peasant Society in Oberbayern from 1752 to 1855, with special reference to certain estates in the former Landgericht Kranzberg.'
He was Hanseatic Scholar of the Stiftung FVS, Hamburg in 1971, and in 1972 was appointed Lecturer in the Department of Economic History at the University of Liverpool. He became Senior Lecturer in 1979, and in 1980 was Research Fellow, Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, Institut fur Wirtschaftsgeschichte, University of Munster. He was also a visiting professor at Stockholm in 1988.
His geographical research often focused on the demographic, social and economic history of Central European regions and port cities since the 19th century. He was involved in the establishment and management of various centres and institutes at the University of Liverpool: he served as Assistant Director, Institute of European Population Studies (1983-86); Assistant Director, Centre for Interdisciplinary German Studies (1984-1994); Director, Institute of European Population Studies (1986-1990); Director, Centre for Central and Eastern European Studies (1991-1996), and Co-Director of the Centre for Port and Maritime History (from 1995).
In 1989 Lee was appointed Chaddock Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Liverpool, becoming head of this department in the same year. He remains an Honorary Research Professor.