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Chancellor's Gold Medal
Chancellor's Gold Medal is a prestigious annual award at Cambridge University for poetry, paralleling Oxford University's Newdigate prize. It was first presented by Prince William Frederick, Duke of Gloucester and Edinburgh during his time as Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. In the mid 19th century, the topic for each year was sent out at the end of Michaelmas Term, with a requirement that entries were submitted by 31 March of the following year. A second requirement is and has been that poems must be submitted anonymously. Over the last few decades the system of set topics has been abandoned.
The winner of the medal would have the honour of reading his or her poem aloud in the
Senate House on Commencement Day. The prize was first awarded in 1813 to George Waddington of Trinity College. The early lists of winners shows a considerable overlap with the list of Senior Wranglers.
This literary prize continues to exist today under the name of Chancellor's Medal for an English Poem. Intermittently it was also known as the Chancellor's Medal for (an) English Verse.
The prize takes the shape of not so much a medal, but of a rather large coin or medallion. In modern times the medallion is decked with a representation of the Queen on the front and a poetical figure on the back.
Note this prize has not been bestowed upon a young poet in every academic year since 1813. Where available information has been provided as to which University college the particular student belonged to.
Partial list of recipients 1813
George Waddington, Trinity, Columbus 1814
William Whewell, Trinity, Boadicea 1815
Edward Smirke, St. John's, Wallace 1816
Hamilton Sydney Beresford Mahomet 1817
Chauncy Hare Townshend, Trinity Hall, Jerusalem 1818
Charles Edward Long, Trinity, Imperial and Papal Rome 1819
Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay, Trinity, Pompeii 1821
Thomas Babington Macaulay, 1st Baron Macaulay, Trinity, Evening 1823
Winthrop Mackworth Praed, Trinity, Australasia 1824
Winthrop Mackworth Praed, Trinity, Athens 1825
Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton, Trinity, Sculpture 1826 Joseph Sumner Brockhurst, St Johns
(later headmaster of  Camberwell Collegiate School )  1827
Christopher Wordsworth, Trinity, The Druids 1828
Christopher Wordsworth, Trinity, Invasion of Russia by Napoleon Boneparte 1829
Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron Tennyson, Trinity, Timbuctoo 1831
George Stovin Venables, Jesus, Attempts to find a North West Passage 1842
Henry James Sumner Maine, Pembroke, Birth of the Prince of Wales 1844
Edward Henry Bickersteth, Trinity, The Tower of London 1845
Edward Henry Bickersteth, Trinity, Caubul 1846
Edward Henry Bickersteth, Trinity, Caesar's Invasion of Britain 1852
Frederic William Farrar, Trinity, The Arctic Regions 1873
Arthur Woollgar Verrall, Trinity 1899
Arthur Cecil Pigou, King's,  1900 Frank Sidgwick, Trinity, ?Khartoum?
  1901 George Dean Raffles Tucker, Magdalene
Giles Lytton Strachey, Trinity, "Ely"  1903 Not awarded
1904 Robert Quirk, Kings
1905 Arthur Conway Osborne Morgan, Trinity
1906 Charles Mendell Kohan, Trinity
1907 Donald Welldon Corrie, King's
1908 George Geoffrey Gilbert Butler, Trinity
Dennis Holme Robertson, Trinity 1910 Dennis Holme Robertson, Trinity
1911 Dennis Holme Robertson, Trinity
1912 Not awarded
1913 Not awarded
1914 Donald Frederick Goold Johnson, Emmanuel
1915 Philip Carrington, Selwyn
1916 Not awarded
1917 Harold Obbard Lee, Jesus
1918 Hugh l'Anson Fausset, Corpus
1919 Frederick Francis Thomas Pinto, Non-Collegiate
1920 Colin Hercules Mackenzie, King's
1921 Cecil Roy Leonard Falcy, Queens', Death of Napoleon
 1922 Montague Maurice Simmons, Queens
1923 David William Allun Llewellyn, St John's, St Francis of Assiss
Edward Falaise Upward, Corpus Christi, Buddha 1925 Henry Hugh Thomas, Sidney Sussex, Stonehenge
1926 Alan Trevor Oldham, Emmanuel, Gallipoli
Frederik John Norton also Frederik Norton, Pembroke, Orestes 1928 Kenneth Harold Ellis, Trinity, Proserpine
1929 Elsie Elizabeth Phare later
Elsie Duncan-Jones, Newnham, The Bridge (first female recipient   1931
Robert Gittings also Robert William Victor Gittings, Jesus, The Roman Road 1934 Frederick William Clayton, King's, The English Countryside
Olive Fraser, Girton, The Vikings (F)  1936
Terence Tiller also Terence Rogers Tiller, Jesus, Egypt 1937 Christopher Thomas Gandy, King's, The Thames
1938 John Darrel Boyd, King's, A Great Man
1939 Reginald Arthur Burrows, St Catherine's, Fire
1942 Irene Josephine Blanche Snatt, Girton, A Londoner (F)
 1948 George James Moor, Downing, The Year's to Come
1949 Alan John Maurice Bird, Selwyn, Speed
1953 Alasdair Eoin Aston, Pembroke, Gloriana Rediviva
  1964
Howard Brenton, St Catherine's  1966 William Paul Huw Merchant, Emmanuel
Clive Wilmer, King's 1969 Alexander John Howard Martin, Jesus
1970 Elliot Alexander Grant, Christ's
John Wilkinson also John Lawton Wilkinson, Jesus 1976 Charles Ellis Leftwich, St John's, Cadenzas
1977 David Colles Lloyd, King's, Ecologies
1978 Aidan Semmens, Trinity
Jacqueline Osherow, Trinity (F)  1980 Michael Thomas Hutchinson, Trinity
Alice Goodman also Alice Abigail Goodman, Girton, Four Poems (F) 1984 James William Noggle, Fitzwilliam, A painting of the garden
Jean Hanff Korelitz, Clare, The Sounds from the Stairs and other poems (F) 1988 Joanne Marion Wiess, St. Edmund's, Untitled Poem (F)
1989 Simon James Alderson, Trinity, Memory
 1992 Nicoletta Fotinos also N. I. Fotinos, Churchill, Pergamon (first non-native speaker recipient), (F)
1994 Keith Malcolm Sands, Jesus, Axis
Keston Sutherland also Keston M. Sutherland, Hate's clitoris 2006 Benjamin Morris, Sonata in orange
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