Robert Conquest

British historian and poet

George Robert Acworth Conquest CMG OBE FBA FRSL (15 July 1917 – 3 August 2015), known as Robert Conquest, was an English-American historian and poet. He was best known for his influential works of Soviet history. They include The Great Terror: Stalin’s Purges of the 1930s. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2005.[1]

Robert Conquest
Robert Conquest in 1987
George Robert Acworth Conquest

(1917-07-15)July 15, 1917
DiedAugust 4, 2015(2015-08-04) (aged 98)
CitizenshipUnited States,
United Kingdom
Alma materMagdalen College, Oxford
Occupation(s)Historian, poet
Notable workThe Great Terror: Stalin's Purges of the 1930s
Joan Watkins
(m. 1942⁠–⁠1948)

Tatiana Mihailova
(m. 1948⁠–⁠1962)

Caroleen MacFarlane
(m. 1964⁠–⁠1978)

Elizabeth Neece Wingate
(m. 1979⁠–⁠2015)
(his death)

Conquest was born on July 15, 1917 in Great Malvern, Worcestershire, England. He studied at Magdalen College, Oxford.

He was married to Joan Watkins from 1942 until they divorced in 1948. Then he was married to Tatiana Mihailova from 1948 until they divorced 1962. Then he was married to Caroleen MacFarlane from 1964 until they divorced in 1978. Then he was married to Elizabeth Neece Wingate from 1979 until his death in 2015. He had two sons from Watkins and one step-daughter from Wingate.

Conquest died in Stanford, California from respiratory failure caused by Parkinson's disease at the age of 98.[2]



  1. "Ukraine honors Robert Conquest with Presidential Medal of Honor". Archived from the original on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2013-03-17.
  2. "Robert Conquest, Seminal Historian of Soviet Misrule, Dies at 98". New York Retrieved August 4, 2015.

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