2020 applicants

Professor Gordon Brotherston

Emeritus Professor
Department of Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Professor Gordon Brotherston



Gordon Brotherston came to Essex in 1965. His main publications have dealt with Hispanic, Latin American and Native American literatures, as well as literary translation. They include Manuel Machado (1968); Latin American Poetry (1976); The Emergence of the Latin American Novel (1977); and Image of the New World (1979). He has published volumes on native script and chronology: A Key to the Mesoamerican Reckoning of Time (1982) and Calendars in Mesoamerica and Peru (1983; with A. Aveni); also Voices of the First America (1986); these were followed by numerous further publications on Latin American literature and Mexican themes. Gordon organised the exhibition of Mexican Painted Books at the British Museum in 1992 and has published a number of studies of Mexican iconography and native American literature, including Book of the Fourth World: Reading the Native Americas through their Literature (1992), and Painted Books from Mexico: Codices in the United Kingdom Collections and the World they Represent (1995). In 1967 he moved to Essex University as founding Professor of the Computing Centre where, with the late Professor Keith Bowden, he initiated (just two years after Manchester) one of the first undergraduate schemes in Computer Science that encompassed both software and hardware. Although not a personal contributor, he created the environment for research and teaching in artificial intelligence at Essex, now realised in hardware by a Robotics Laboratory, opened by Professor Mike Brady in 1995. After serving many years as faculty Dean and as a Pro-Vice-Chancellor, he retired in 1988. Subsequently he has published a book on a data based programming language. There is also a laboratory named after Tony in the Networks Centre building.


  • BA University of Leeds,

  • PhD Cambridge,




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