About Simon Scharma
Professor Simon Schama CBE (Presenter)
'Schama's easy brilliance as a presenter serves as a reminder . . . of the pleasure you can get when someone who has a passion for their subject is allowed to share some of that enthusiasm with you'. The Times.
Simon Schama was born in London on 13 February, 1945, and educated at Christs College, Cambridge where he was Fellow from 1966 to 1976, before moving as Fellow and Tutor in Modern History to Brasenose College, Oxford.
From 1980 to 1993, he was Mellon Professor of Social Sciences and William R Kenan Professor in the Humanities at Harvard University.
His courses have included the British Empire, English and French art and politics, the Gothic Revival in England and specialist Ruskin and Victorian culture courses.
He has also taught at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Social in Paris and his work has been translated into 10 languages. He is currently University Professor of Art History and History at Columbia University in New York.
His BBC television series A History of Britain was a huge
critical success and also did well at the award ceremonies:
- Broadcasting Press Guild: Best Documentary Series; Writers Award: Simon Schama (joint winner)
- BAFTA Programme Awards: Nomination: Huw Wheldon Award for Specialised Programme or Series
- BAFTA Programme Awards: Nomination: Richard Dimbleby Award for Best Presenter (Factual/Features/News)
- BAFTA Craft Awards: Nomination: Editing (Factual)
- WH Smith Awards: Best General Knowledge Book (More than 65,000 members of the public voted for their favourite books from a shortlist selected by judges)
- Broadcast Awards: Nomination: Best Documentary Series
Simon Schama is also an award-winning author. His books include: Citizens: A Chronicle of the French Revolution; Landscape and Memory (1989); Patriots and Liberators (1977), winner of the Wolfson Prize for History; The Embarassment of Riches: : An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age (1987); Dead Certainties: Unwarranted Speculations (1991); Landscape and Memory (1995); Rembrandts Eyes (1999); and the History of Britain trilogy.
His most recent book, Rough Crossings: Britain, the Slaves and the American Revolution, was published to critical acclaim in 2005. He has also written a book to accompany this series.
Since 1995, he has been art and culture critic for The New Yorker and essayist for the Guardian.