Education: Airman & Scholar

As the day approached for Cambridge University to pick a new chancellor to succeed the late Jan Christian Smuts, hardly anybody expected a fuss. The heads of the various colleges were almost unanimously agreed on the man for the strictly honorary job: wiry, brilliant Arthur William, Baron Tedder, marshal of the R.A.F. and onetime deputy supreme commander of the cross-Channel invasion. The actual voting by the university senate (any Cantabrigian with an M.A. is eligible to vote) should have been, as always, a mere formality.

But three weeks ago a new candidate suddenly popped up: 90 members of the senate signed a...

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