Hispanist and historian, Trevor John Dadson passed away on January 28th, 2020. A corresponding academic at the Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) with a doctorate from the University of Cambridge, Dadson studied the work of the great poets of Spanish Golden Age: Lupercio Leonardo, Bartolomé Leonardo de Argensola, the Count of Salinas and Gabriel Bocángel.
“Trevor Dadson has been an immensely prestigious Hispanist, a scholar like those who no longer exist; a teacher with a multitude of disciples and a great university manager and promoter of Hispanism and its visibility in the United Kingdom and Ireland. His death is a huge loss because he continued with an impressive intellectual activity. He has been one of the great connoisseurs of our poetry – baroque and contemporary – and frontline characters of our Golden Age,” said the director of the Instituto Cervantes London, Ignacio Peyró.
In addition, Peyró highlighted his study of the Moors in Villarrubia de los Ojos as “a pioneering and model book in cultural studies. His mark is immense, and recently he was lucky to see how many of his disciples gathered articles on Spanish poetry for a tribute book. Dadson was also, and above all, a lover of Spain: its languages, its literature, its culture and its people.”
Dadson had a degree in Hispanic Philology from the University of Leeds and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He was editor in chief of Hispanic Research Journal and Emeritus Professor of Hispanic Studies at Queen Mary College at the University of London.
Born on October 7, 1947, Dadson became part of the British Academy in 2008 and was a professor at the universities of Belfast, UNED and Castilla-La Mancha. In 2015, he was granted the Commendation of the Order of Isabel la Católica by King Felipe VI, for his services to Spanish culture.
That same year, Dadson was interviewed by former director of the Instituto Cervantes in London, Julio Crespo MacLennan, at the headquarters of the Institute in the British capital, as part of the Conversations with Great British Hispanists.
In 2017, Dadson participated in the Tribune of Hispanism, launched by Instituto Cervantes in Madrid, a new forum of meetings in which prominent Hispanism took part, such as the British historian Sir John H. Elliott and the Marquis of Tamarón.