What’s in an (academic’s) name?

Twitter users offer examples of academics with unusual names, following research by Dr Boring

August 16, 2015

Her research, reported by Times Higher Education this week, was fascinating - suggesting that students discriminate against female lecturers in teaching evaluations.

But one of the first things to be picked up on Twitter following the publication of our story on Anne Boring’s research this week was her name.



But Dr Boring, a postdoctoral researcher at L’Institut d'Études Politiques de Paris, better known as Sciences Po, is not the only academic to have a particularly noteworth monicker.

Take Alan Heavens, professor of astrophysics at Imperial College London, for example, or Richard Dull, professor of accounting at West Virginia University in the US.

Here are some other examples of academics with unusual names offered by our Twitter followers:















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Reader's comments (1)

Professor Richard Titball (how could his parents, how could they?) the microbiologist from Exeter usually gets a mention in these sort of lists J.H. Plumb only spent one year as a visiting professor in the USA. Whether he was seen brandishing lead piping in the direction of Colonel Mustard I do not know. There are a lot of Professor Teachouts; one at Fordham, one at Vermont , one at the College of the Canyons Dr Doctor is currently on study leave from Hull

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