Anthony (Tony) Harris

Subject: Medieval Studies

Department: Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic

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Anthony (Tony) Harris returned to education in 2007 after a successful career as an entrepreneur in Information Technology. He read English Language and Literature at Oxford as a mature student where he become interested in medieval literature and the application of the sciences to improve our understanding of early texts. After Oxford, he undertook an MA (Res) in Medieval Studies at the University of Reading from where he graduated with distinction and where his research focus was on the Anglo-Saxon poem ‘Beowulf’. He subsequently went up to Cambridge to read for his doctorate which focused on time, the medieval calendar, and the calculation of the date of Easter – a medieval science known as ‘computus’. Tony’s PhD analysed and described the mathematical ‘art’ of computus in a way designed to be helpful for scholars of the humanities.

While at Clare Hall he plans to research and write a book on ‘Time and the Medieval Calendar’ and to enhance his publication record. Tony has presented papers at numerous conferences on a variety of topics including the digital humanities. He was intensely involved in the digitisation of portions of the Hart manuscript collection at Blackburn Museum and looks forward to doing more work in the digital humanities while a Fellow of Clare Hall.

Tony has taught medieval literature at Madingley Hall and, as an entrepreneur himself, continues to do ad hoc mentoring on the ‘Accelerate’ entrepreneurial programme at the Judge Business School. He is actively involved in the Cambridge investment eco-space and is a Cambridge Angel and a member of the Cambridge Capital Group of business angels. He is a non-executive director of two Cambridge start-ups, Immaterial Labs Ltd. (novel chemistry) and Flit Bikes (electric folding bikes) and invests in and mentors several other Cambridge early stage companies.