This question is about the famous Egyptologist. I read that he was educated at Eton and Trinity College, but cannot find information about his time at Cambridge - in particular what degree he obtained.


According to Brian Fagan's Lord and Pharaoh: Carnarvon and the Search for Tutankhamun, p. 55, he was "sent down for academic reasons after a year." So he did not obtain any kind of degree. The book doesn't indicate what he studied.

This seems consistent with his earlier studies at Eton, which were quite unsuccessful; Fagan speculates that he may have had some kind of learning disability.

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    It's quite hilarious that Trinity College lists him among its notable alumni regardless. Sep 12 '19 at 9:09
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    @DenisdeBernardy An alumnus of a university is merely a former student, not necessarily a graduate, and Carnarvon was certainly a notable one. Sep 12 '19 at 10:14
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    For those not au fait with Oxbridge terminology: sent down = expelled (whilst rusticated = suspended).
    – stuart10
    Sep 12 '19 at 16:45
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    It's the sign of a University that can own up to its mistakes. They do it quite a bit. Sep 12 '19 at 20:13
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    Thanks. Does the book tell what he attempted to study?
    – jl6
    Sep 13 '19 at 10:58

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