Vivian Lipman: a personal tribute

I knew Vivian Lipman both as a teacher and, some twenty years later, as a colleague at the Department of Hebrew and Jewish Studies at University College.

In the late 1960s, when the department expanded to launch the new degree in Jewish history, Dr Lipman was invited to teach a course on the history of the Jews in England. I was an undergraduate student at the time, one of a small group – a dozen or so – who became the first generation of Jewish historians to be trained at University College. Technically, Dr Lipman was a peripheral figure in the department. We all knew that he was a full-time civil servant, and not a professional academic, although he was a scholar who had, even at that time, written at least as many learned books and articles as any other member of staff; he would come to College once a

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