Sir Andrew Jonathan Bate was born 26 June 1958 and is a British academic, biographer, critic, broadcaster, novelist and scholar.
He specialises in Shakespeare, Romanticism and Ecocriticism. He is Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford, Provost of Worcester College, Oxford, Gresham Professor of Rhetoric, and Honorary Fellow of Creativity at Warwick Business School. He was knighted in 2015 for services to literary scholarship and higher education. He is widely regarded as having made a significant contribution to the study of Shakespearean sources and reception, to ecocriticism, to the revived reputations of Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and of the poet John Clare, as well as to the sustaining of public discourse about the humanities in general and literature in particular, FRSL.