Nicholas Andrew Martin Rodger

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Nicholas Andrew Martin Rodger FBA (born 12 November 1949) is an eminent British naval and maritime historian and senior research fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford.


The son of Lieutenant Commander Ian Alexander Rodger, Royal Navy, of Arundel, Sussex, and Sara Mary, née Perceval, Rodger was educated at Ampleforth College and University College, Oxford, where he earned his D.Phil. degree in 1974 with a thesis titled "Naval policy and cruiser design, 1865–1890". He served for seventeen years at the Public Record Office as an assistant keeper of public records, 1974–1991. After resigning from the public service, he began a Naval History of Britain with the support of the National Maritime Museum, the Navy Records Society and the Society for Nautical Research. The museum gave him the title of Anderson Senior Research Fellow, 1992–1998. In 1999, he moved to the University of Exeter as senior lecturer, and the following year was appointed professor of naval history. In 2007, he was elected a senior research fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He served as honorary secretary of the Navy Records Society from 1976 to 1990. He is also a member and fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (1985)[1] and a fellow of the Royal Historical Society (1980). He was elected as a Fellow of the British Academy in 2003. In 2015 he made a fellow of the Society for Nautical Research.[2]

Awards and Honours

He is engaged in writing a comprehensive treatise of British naval history. The first two volumes, Safeguard of the Sea and Command of the Ocean, have been critically acclaimed. He has been awarded the Julian Corbett Prize in Naval History. His book The Admiralty was chosen by the US Naval Institute as one of the best books of the 1980s. He received the Duke of Westminster's Medal for Military Literature in 2005 and was also the winner of the 2005 British Academy Book Prize. In 2011, he was named the first Hattendorf Prize Laureate.[3]

Major Works


  • The Admiralty (1979)[6]
  • Articles of War : the Statutes which Governed Our Fighting Navies, 1661, 1749, and 1886 (1982)[7]
  • The Naval Miscellany, vol 5 Navy Records Society (1983)
  • The Wooden World: an Anatomy of the Georgian Navy (1986) [8]
  • Naval Records for Genealogists (1984, 1988, 1998)
  • The Armada in the Public Records (1988)[9]
  • Navies and Armies: the Anglo-Dutch relationship in War and Peace 1688-1988 edited by G. J. A. Raven and N. A. M. Rodger; assistant editor M. C. F. van Drunen (1990)
  • The Insatiable Earl: a Life of John Montagu, Fourth Earl of Sandwich, 1718–1792 (1993) [10]
  • British Naval Documents 1204–1960 eds. J. B. Hattendorf, R.J.B. Knight, A. W. H. Pearsall, N. A. M. Rodger, G. Till, Capt. A. B. Sainsbury, Navy Records Society (1993)
  • Naval Power in the Twentieth Century (1996)[11]
  • The Safeguard of the Sea: a Naval History of Britain, Volume 1, 660–1649 (1997) [12]
  • The Command of the Ocean : a Naval History of Britain, Volume 2, 1649–1815 (2004) [13]
  • A Guide to the Naval Records in the National Archives of the UK, ed. by Randolph Cock and N. A. M. Rodger (2006)[14]
  • Essays in Naval History, from Medieval to Modern (2009)[15]
  • Strategy and the Sea: Essays in Honour of John B. Hattendorf, ed. by N.A.M. Rodger, J. Ross Dancy, Benjamin Darnell, and Evan Wilson (2016)


  1. "Fellows Directory - Society of Antiquaries, Dr Nicholas A M Rodger FSA". Society of Antiquaries. Retrieved 26 July 2017.
  2. "Occasional Paper," distributed at the annual general meeting, 18 June 2016, Mariners Mirror, vol. 10. no. 4 (November 2016), p. 509. - as amended to 31 December 2016 by the Society.
  3. US Naval War College honours British historian, The Society for Nautical Research.
  4. Geschie, Denis. "Professor Nicholas Rodger (1949– ), Major works" (PDF). Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands.
  5. "People: Dr Nicholas Rodger MA, DPhil, FBA, FRHistS, FSA Senior Research Fellow since 2008: Publications". University of Oxford. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  6. Rodger, N. A. M. (1 January 1979). The Admiralty / by N. A. M. Rodger. National Library of Australia. Offices of state. T. Dalton. ISBN 9780900963940. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  7. Rodger, NAM (1 December 1982). Articles of War: The Statutes Which Governed Our Fighting Navies, 1661, 1749, and 1886. ISBN 978-0859372756.
  8. Frykman, Niklas. "THE WOODEN WORLD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN: NAVAL MUTINIES IN THE AGE OF ATLANTIC REVOLUTION: Submitted to the Graduate Faculty of School of Arts and Sciences in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy" (PDF). University of Pittsburgh, 2010. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  9. Adams, Simon (1 June 1991). "The Gran Armada: 1988 and After". History. 76 (247): 238–249. doi:10.1111/j.1468-229X.1991.tb02387.x.
  10. Rodger, N. A. M. (1993). The insatiable earl: a life of John Montagu, Fourth Earl of Sandwich, 1718-1792. Harper Collins. ISBN 978-0002157841.
  11. 1949–, Rodger, N. A. M. The insatiable earl : a life of John Montagu, Fourth Earl of Sandwich, 1718–1792. Toronto Public Library, Canada. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  12. Rodger, N. A. M. (1998). The Safeguard of the Sea: A Naval History of Britain, 660-1649. W. W. Norton & Company. ISBN 9780393319606.
  13. Moorhouse, Geoffrey (22 October 2004). "Sea power behind the throne, Geoffrey Moorhouse relishes comprehensive accounts of Britain's naval empire from NAM Rodger and Jeremy Black, Review of The Command of the Ocean: A Naval History of Britain Vol II 1649–1815 by NAM Rodger and The British Seaborne Empire by Jeremy Black". The Guardian. Guardian Newspapers Group. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  14. "A Guide to the Naval Records in the National Archives of the UK by Randolph Cock and N A M Rodger" (PDF). University of Exeter. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  15. Burg, B. R. (1 August 2010). "Rodger N.A.M., Essays in Naval History, from Medieval to Modern. Variorum Collected Studies Series. Farnham, UK: Ashgate, 2009. xii + 332 pp. ISBN 978-0-7546-5995-2 (hbk.). $134.95". Itinerario. 34 (2): 147–149. doi:10.1017/S0165115310000501. Retrieved 13 March 2017.