Ann Paludan

Ann Paludan
Born 1928 (1928)
Died 2014 (2015) (aged 86)
Occupation British writer

Ann Elizabeth Paludan (née Murray) (1928–2014) was a British author of several books on Chinese history, sculpture and architecture.


Ann Paludan was the daughter of Basil Murray. Her father was the second son of the eminent classical scholar Gilbert Murray and his wife Lady Mary Howard, and Ann would visit her grandparents at Yatscombe, on Boars Hill, particularly during her undergraduate years in St Hugh's College, Oxford when she cycled up to Yatscombe every Sunday.[1] Her parents had split up when she was young and her father died in Spain when she was eight, so her visits to her grandparents gave a welcome sense of continuity.[1] On her mother's side she was the granddaughter of the painter Algernon Newton RA, of the family which founded the Winsor and Newton paints company, and a niece of the actor Robert Newton.

After graduating she worked as a British diplomat,[2] marrying John Ernest Powell-Jones[3] and starting a life abroad in 1949.[1] Her son, Sir Mark Jones, was born on 5 February 1951;[4] he was an art historian and museum director and has been Master of St Cross College, Oxford since 2011.[5]

Janus Paludan, a Danish diplomat, had served as Danish Ambassador to the Congo 1962–1965 and to Brazil 1968–1972, and he and Ann married before he took up the post of Danish Ambassador to China in 1972.[6] They lived in Beijing until 1976, and thereafter she returned regularly to China on research trips.[7] He then served as Ambassador to Egypt in 1976 and to Iceland from 1977 to 1984, after which they retired to northern Cumbria.[6] Ann was widowed in January 2004.[8]

She died in late 2014.[9]


Ann Paludan researched the history of China and wrote a number of authoritative and widely cited books:


  1. 1 2 3 Christopher Stray (ed.) (12 August 2007). Gilbert Murray reassessed: Hellenism, theatre, and international politics. Oxford University Press. pp. 17–23. ISBN 978-0-19-920879-1. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  2. Jeffrey A. Engel (2008). The China diary of George H.W. Bush: the making of a global president. Princeton University Press. pp. 61–. ISBN 978-0-691-13006-4. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  3. "Marriages." Times [London, England] 2 Sept. 1949: 7. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 3 June 2012
  4. "Sir Mark Jones". Debrett’s. 2010. Archived from the original on 15 August 2012. Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  5. "JONES, Sir Mark (Ellis Powell) : Who's Who". Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  6. 1 2 Alexander Murray (17 February 2004). "Janus Paludan". The Independent (Obituaries). Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  7. "Chronicle of the Chinese Emperors: The Reign-By-Reign Record of the Rulers of Imperial China". Retrieved 23 December 2010.
  8. "Births, Marriages & Deaths." Times [London, England] 28 Jan. 2004: 36. The Times Digital Archive. Web. 3 June 2012
  9. "Ann Paludan obituary | From the Guardian | The Guardian". Retrieved 19 December 2015.
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