Edward Boyle (Baron Boyle of Handsworth)

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Edward Charles Gurney Boyle, Baron Boyle of Handsworth () Is British politician of the Conservative Party and vice-chancellor from University of Leeds .

Early life and career

Boyle was born in Kensington, London, the eldest son of Sir Edward Boyle, 2 is baronetcy, and succeeded his father in 1945. He was educated at Eton College and graduated from Christ Church, Oxford, in 1949 with a bachelor’s degree (later converted to an MA) in history. From 1942 to 1945 he was a temporary subordinate administrative agent in the Foreign Office. He works at Bletchley Park in intelligence.

Political career

Boyle to Parliament in 1950 as a member of the Parliament for Birmingham Handsworth, a seat he held until 1970. He was Private Parliamentary Secretary for the Under Secretary of State for Air from 1951 to 1952 and Secretary of State for Defense in 1952, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister for Supply from 1954 to 1955, Economic Secretary to the Treasury from 1955 to 1956, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Education from 1957 to 1959, Financial Secretary to the Treasury from 1959 to 1962, Minister of Education from 1962 to 1964 and Minister of State for Education and Science in 1964. In 1957 he opened a new teaching block and an expansion of the science block at Abingdon School. Upon his retirement from Parliament in 1970, Boyle was given the title Baron Boyle of Handsworth from Salehurst in Sussex.

University of Leeds

Boyle was appointed Provost of the University of Leeds in 1970. He was Administrator of the British Museum from 1970 to 1981 and Chairman of the Committee of Provosts and Directors of British Universities from 1977 to 1979.

In 1977 he was to lecture at Reith for the BBC. Despite 2 years of training, he retired with 3 months’ notice.

Boyle died of cancer in Leeds on 28 September 1981 at the age of 58. He was single and childless. His peerage died after his death, and the baronetcy passed to his brother Richard.

Boyle was made a Companion of Honor on June 13, 1981.


  • Educational Policy: Edward Boyle and Anthony Crosland in Conversation with Maurice Cogan (Special Courses on Penguins) , ed. M. Kogan, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1971.
  • Bedside Guardian 22 (1972-73) . Introduction, London: Collins, 1973.


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