André Classe France Scotland

Biography of André Classe

André Classe was an Assistant and Lecturer of French at the University of Glasgow from 1932 until 1949, and graduated DLitt in 1940.

He was appointed assistant in the French department in 1932, and became Lecturer of French in September 1939. During this period, he was also a research student with a view to the degree of DLitt. In the session 1936-37, Classe enquired as to whether he would be permitted to lodge his thesis on “The Rhythm of English Prose” in manuscript form. He had made this application in view of the special nature of the subject and the cost of printing. The Committee resolved that if he could have a considerable portion of his thesis published in a learned journal or journals, they would accept his proposition. His thesis was published by Blackwell in 1939, and he graduated DLitt on 20 April 1940. In 1949, Classe left his position as French lecturer and became a lecturer in Phonetics. He lectured in phonetics from 1949 to 1972 when he retired from the University.

In 1990, André Classe's wife, Olive Classe, Lecturer in the French department from 1948 until 1990, founded The Olive and André Classe Prize, to be awarded annually to the best student in the Advanced Ordinary French class.


University of Glasgow Story

Other Online Resources

Archival Materials

  • College Courant, 67, 1981, p.42
  • R1/10/1 Graduation Albums DLitt 1896-1987


André Classe
Died 14 April 1981.
GU Degree: DLitt , Arts, 1940;
University Link: Lecturer, Researcher
Occupation categories: lecturers
English snippet: Graduate and Lecturer of French at the University of Glasgow
Record last updated: 21st Feb 2014

Country Associations

France France, No Region
Place of Birth

Scotland Scotland, Glasgow

University Connections

University Roles

  • Lecturer
  • Researcher