Simon Schama

United Kingdom, 1945

Simon Schama embarked upon a career as an historian in a time when the academic world was becoming increasingly hermetic. Against the tide, he became a world-renowned historian, known for his television series, A History of Britain (2000) and The Power of Art (2006) among them, and for such works as The Embarrassment of Riches: An Interpretation of Dutch Culture in the Golden Age (1987), Landscape and Memory (1995) and the recent The Story of the Jews, Volume I: Finding the Words, 1000 BCE-1492 CE (2013). Schama studied at Cambridge, taught at Oxford and Harvard and is currently University Professor at Columbia University of History and Art History in New York.