Tribute to Michael Herman by permission of Association of Former Intelligence Officers and Taylor and Francis Publishing:
Michael Herman, 91, a former British intelligence officer for GCHQ and academic, died 12 February 2021. He was a former Fellow at Nuffield College and St Antony’s College at the University of Oxford, and the founder of the Oxford Intelligence Group. He was the author and/or editor of three books on intelligence, including Intelligence Power in Peace and War, described as “a key reference point for all those seeking to study the nature, roles and impact of intelligence as a state function, influencing a whole generation of academics drawn to its study.”
He was educated at the Scarborough High School and graduated from The Queen’s College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. He served in the Intelligence Corps of the British Army in Egypt from 1947 to 1949.
Herman worked for the Government Communications Headquarters from 1952 to 1987. During that period, he also worked as Secretary of the Joint Intelligence Committee in the Cabinet Office and as a staff member of Defence Intelligence. On retiring from GCHQ in 1987, Herman became a Gwilym Gibbon Research Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. He was subsequently an Honorary Departmental Fellow in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University in Wales and a Senior Associate Fellow of St. Antony’s College, Oxford. He was also the founding director of the Oxford Intelligence Group. Herman was the recipient of the St Antony’s plaque from St Antony’s College in 2004, an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Nottingham in 2005 and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Association for Intelligence Education in 2016.
Herman was the author of two books and the editor of a third, all about intelligence.
“The Sad Loss of Michael Herman” – a full remembrance can be found at Taylor and Francis Publishing here.