| Geoffrey Arthur |
|Born||19 March 1920|
|Died||15 May 1984 (Age 64)|
|Alma mater||Ashby School, Christ Church (Oxford)|
UK diplomat to the Middle East, then Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee.
Early life and education
He was educated at Ashby-de-la-Zouch Grammar School and Christ Church, Oxford. His university education was interrupted by war service. He served in Egypt, Iran and Iraq, and on returning to Oxford, transferred from studying classics to Persian and Arabic. He graduated with first class honours.
He joined the Foreign Office in 1947, serving in Baghdad, Ankara, Cairo and Bonn. He was Ambassador to Kuwait from 1967 to 1970. From 1970 to 1971, he was the last Political Resident in the Persian Gulf and oversaw the break up of the British territory in the Persian Gulf into the independent states of Bahrain, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates. His final civil service appointment was as Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee, serving between 1973 and 1975.
In 1946, Arthur married Margaret, daughter of T. A. Woodcock (former headteacher of Ashby School). They had no children.
- Derby Evening Telegraph article
- The Sir Geoffrey Arthur archive, held at St Anthony's College, Oxford
- Latham, J. Derek (1985). "Obituary: Sir Geoffrey Arthur (1920-1984)". British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies. British Society for Middle Eastern Studies. 12 (1): 119–120. https://doi.org/10.1080%2F13530198508705412
- Obituary: Sir Geoffrey Arthur". The Times. No. 61832. 16 May 1984. p. 12.