Prof Roger Pearson FBA
Emeritus Fellow in French
I was born in Belfast and educated first in Ireland, then in England. As an undergraduate at Exeter College, Oxford (1967-71) I studied French and German. As a postgraduate I undertook research into the narrative works of Charles Nodier (1780-1844) and completed my DPhil in 1976. Meanwhile I had come to Queen’s in October 1973 as a full-time Lecturer in French. I was elected a Fellow and Praelector in French in October 1977 and held this post until my retirement in 2016, when I was elected to an Emeritus Fellowship. As a Fellow and member of the Governing Body of Queen’s I contributed to College life in a variety of roles, including as Dean (1981), Tutor for Admissions (1985-90), Senior Tutor (1995-6), Estates Bursar (1996-2001), and Secretary of the Accommodation Strategy Committee (2003-8).
I became Professor of French in 1997, was appointed Officier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government in 2005, and elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2009.